The Times' article notes Holder was called to testify on the case by the Senate Judiciary Committee but invoked "Clinton's claim of executive privilege" and "declined to say whether the Justice Department had changed its position on the commutations" saying simply that there were "subsequent communications with the White House in the months after that recommendation." Former U.S Pardon Attorney Margaret Love says:
"It certainly sounds to me that he wanted to at least undercut if not overrule my earlier  negative recommendation. It appears that he effectively gave the White House permission to make the grants."The Times also reports Love was not "aware of Holder's support for commutation before or after he fired her in 1997." Adams has not spoken publicly about the case, but "believes the FALN crimes were so serious" and "is concerned that there had been misrepresentation of his role in the clemency." In mid-1998, he sent a draft report recommending against clemency, but Holder "did not send it to the White House and instructed him to revise it." See the great reporting by the L.A. Times here.