Sen. Specter: Telecom immunity is ‘festering wound’
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Sen. Arlen Specter about Barack Obama’s choice of Eric Holder as Attorney General. Specter said that he wouldn’t hold up Holder’s nomination due to his involvement in the pardon of Marc Rich.
“I would be prepared to move ahead very promptly with hearings, move into the substance of the matter, ask the important questions, look for any documents that might be relevant and as fast as we can move through, I am prepared to decided it one way or the other,” said Specter.
Specter believes that the Department of Justice needs to be “reprofessionalized” after the tenure of Alberto Gonzales.
Specter said, “This business of wiretapping is not in order in accordance with Constitutional rights and where you have the immunity granted to the telephone companies, that is still a festering wound and some speculation as to whether that will be asserted by a new administration.”
This video is from MSNBC’s News Live, broadcast Nov. 19, 2008.