Johnsen was an outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s interrogation policies which made her a dream candidate to head up the office in Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Now she must remain in the dreaded private sector.
The White House on Friday announced that it was withdrawing the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, citing lengthy delays in getting Johnsen’s nomination through the U.S. Senate.
Johnsen had gained next-to-no support among Senate Republicans, largely because of her criticism of the Bush administration’s terrorist interrogations. She had headed the Office of Legal Counsel in the Clinton administration on an acting basis in 1997 and 1998.
The Office of Legal Counsel post is considered one of the most important jobs in the Justice Department, because the office assists the attorney general in providing legal advice to the president. In a statement, White House spokesman Ben LaBolt blamed the demise of the Johnsen nomination on Senate Republicans.
“Her credentials are exemplary and her commitment to the rule of law has been proven time and again, but it is now clear that Senate Republicans will not allow her to be confirmed,” LaBolt said.
Perhaps she can get a job defending Gitmo detainees. That seems to be all the rage for lefist lawyers these days.
Judging from the fact that 58% of Americans wanted the undies bomber waterboarded, I think Senate Republicans are only representing the wishes of the people – unlike the Democrats.