Leahy: “[Senator Specter] strongly supported, in fact he was the lead supporter in the United States Senate, of Alberto Gonzales. I disagreed with him on Alberto Gonzales. I feel that if he strongly supported Mr. Gonzales, who turned out to be a disaster as attorney general and was eventually forced out by President Bush, I would think that he would be very happy to support Eric Holder.”
Translation: I would prefer to scrutinize the judgement of someone else, not the judgment of Mr. Holder.
Leahy: “If people want to go and rehash and rehash, they have a right to ..."
Translation: I have no desire to scrutinize the judgment of the person trying to become the Nation's top law enforcement officer, so why should anyone else?
Leahy: "Now, I disagreed with President Clinton on [the Rich pardon]. But if you’re going to disagree with someone, disagree with President Clinton. He’s the one that issued the pardons, not Eric Holder."
Translation: Mr. Holder is not responsible for any documented, clear instance of poor judgment while serving as deputy attorney general and directing the pardon program.
Leahy: "Don’t make this a hearing where you’re trying to get at Bill Clinton, who’s no longer in office, through Eric Holder."
Translation: I would rather make hearing about Gonzalez, or Bush, or anyone, or anything but Holder's judgement.
Leahy: "This is an indication of Eric Holder's objectivity and his ability to call it as he sees it and to play it straight."
Translation: I don't have a clue about Holder's involvement the March Rich and FALN terrorist pardons and I will do everything within my power to make sure no one else does either.
Leahy: "I feel strongly, both as a senator and a former prosecutor that the Department of Justice has to be restored to its independence, to its non-partisan nature."
Translation: We have the votes. Eat it Republicans.