Okla. Senators Inhofe and Coburn Vote No on Holder Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) tonight voted against Eric Holder’s confirmation as U.S. Attorney General. Holder was confirmed by a vote of 75 to 21.
Sen. Inhofe: “Like most Oklahomans, I have always felt strongly that the rights conferred upon us by the Second Amendment guarantee an individual freedom that no government regulation can take away.  During my time serving the State of Oklahoma, I have fought to protect this right. Unfortunately, President Obama has chosen an Attorney General who opposes our Second Amendment freedom. Eric Holder joined in the effort to maintain the nation’s strictest gun ownership laws, arguing that the Second Amendment does not protect individual firearm possession, but rather relegates gun ownership to organized militias.  Although the U.S. Supreme Court has now spoken loud and clear, I do not believe the decision has changed Holder’s underlying beliefs, and I believe his leadership as the chief lawyer of the United States will be a detriment to the gun ownership rights of American citizens.

“Holder’s judgment and record on pardons and clemency during the Clinton Administration are also unsettling.  He chose to circumvent the standard process by which all pardons are granted, and worked to award a pardon to Marc Rich, a political supporter, tax evader, and fugitive.  Equally egregious, while Holder was Deputy Attorney General, the Clinton Administration granted clemency to 16 members of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, the terrorist organization FALN.  Holder also supports closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which could mean moving detainees to the mainland United States, and believes that U.S. interrogation techniques should be published for the world to see.  In voting against Eric Holder’s confirmation, I am putting the values of Oklahomans first. Be assured that during his time as U.S. Attorney General, I will hold Eric Holder accountable.”

Dr. Coburn: “I have high praise for Eric Holder as an individual and as a lawyer, yet I believe certain aspects of his record disqualify him from serving as our next Attorney General.   His error in judgment for providing clemency to FALN terrorists, his refusal to define the Second Amendment as an individual right and his unsatisfactory responses on the First Amendment issue of the Fairness Doctrine are unacceptable.  After questioning and reviewing Mr. Holder’s record, I do not believe he is the right choice to defend our Constitution and enforce the laws of this nation.”
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