January 23, 2009
Mr. Douglas Huffman
1463 Mountain Road
Washington Island, Wisconsin 54246-9122
Dear Mr. Huffman:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate
hearing from you, and I would like to take this opportunity to
address your concerns.
President Obama nominated Eric Holder, former Deputy
Attorney General of the United States, to be the next Attorney
General on December 1, 2008. The Constitution requires the
Senate to advise and consent on Presidential nominations of certain
senior government officials. Though deference should be given to
the President's nominees for his Cabinet, the Senate has a
responsibility to ensure that any nominee possesses the
qualifications, integrity and independence that is necessary to carry
out his responsibilities on behalf of the American people.
On January 15, 2009 the Senate Judiciary Committee, of
which I am a member, held a hearing to examine Eric Holder's
nomination. During this hearing, my colleagues and I asked Mr.
Holder tough, but fair, questions about what his priorities as
attorney general will be, as well as his record as a prosecutor,
judge and Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton
Administration. I asked him questions about his ability to work
independently from the White House, his commitment to closing
Guantanamo Bay, and his ideas about improving local law
I will carefully consider the answers the nominee gave at
the hearing, his responses to written questions, and all of the
relevant facts before I vote on this nomination. Please be assured
that I will keep your views in mind.
Again, thank you for contacting me.
Please do not reply to this message; to make further comments or to find additional information, please
visit my web site at http://kohl.senate.gov/.