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President Obama Made the Wrong Choice in Appointing James Cole as Deputy U.S. Attorney General

by Candice Miller on January 3, 2011

Harrison Township, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10) today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s recess appointment of James Cole as Deputy Attorney General of the United States, a role in which he will lead the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) national security team. Miller is the appointed-Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security for the 112th Congress, which will convene on January 5th. Miller said the following:

“The position of Deputy Attorney General is vitally important for our nation as this person will oversee the operation of our justice system regarding threats to our national security. As such, the person to fill this position must be thoroughly vetted and confirmed by a majority of senators as constitutionally required. After James Cole’s contentious Senate confirmation hearing, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid avoided an up-or-down vote on this nomination in the full Senate because they knew that James Cole could not be confirmed due to his questionable positions on national security and his questionable stint as a federal independent consultant at failed insurance giant AIG from 2005 until 2009, a time during which the firm collapsed and received a more than $100 billion bailout from the federal government. Cole and his firm were paid $20 million by AIG for this work which failed to provide any warning of neither the firm’s potential collapse nor the incredible burden that collapse would force upon the American taxpayers and our economy. The recess appointment of such a questionable individual who so clearly could not be confirmed by the Senate for a position of this importance is unacceptable.
“In the past James Cole has been a forceful advocate of giving terrorists access to our civilian courts and the protections of our Constitution and the immediate closing the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility. Congress, on a bipartisan basis, has forcefully rejected the closing of Guantanamo and the vast majority of Americans oppose giving terrorists’ access to our civilian court system. With this recess appointment, it is clear the Administration is bent on driving forward with policies that has been rejected by both Congress and the American people because they are dangerous and put our nation at great risk. It is time for the President to work with Congress to make our nation more secure instead of bypassing the elected representatives of the American people when it is inconvenient to his agenda. He can start by following the constitutionally mandated advise and consent process for positions of this importance. The only good thing about the recess appointment of James Cole is that his appointment is only in force until the end of 2011.”
Note: A recent Rasmussen poll showed that 63% of U.S. likely voters say suspected terrorist should be tried before military tribunals instead of in U.S. courts.

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