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Farewell Friday Trifecta: WH Withdraws Radical Law Prof Dawn Johnsen's DOJ Nomination
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Wow, what a day. Three makes a Farewell Friday trifecta.

Via WSJ:

Dawn Johnsen withdrew her nomination to lead the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, after becoming a lightning rod for Republican opposition and languishing more than a year in the Senate confirmation process.

Ms. Johnsen, an Indiana University professor, was a strident critic of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies and the legal theories used to create them.

Those views and her past work for a group that supports abortion rights led stiff opposition from Republicans and some Democrats. The opponents made sure she never got a final Senate confirmation vote, although she was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The legal counsel’s office provides advice to the president and executive branch agencies on the constitutionality of their policies. Ms. Johnsen worked in the office during the Clinton administration, which gave her a platform to opine on the moves made by President George W. Bush to claim broad security powers relating to interrogation, detention of terror suspects, and government eavesdropping after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The office has become the subject of partisan dispute because the Obama administration staffed it with some lawyers who were critics of Bush policies. Unlike Ms. Johnsen, the staff lawyers didn’t require Senate confirmation.


And so we end the day like we started it: DLTDHYOTWO!

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: Eric Holder, Homeland Security