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Leahy And Holder Meet On Monday

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will meet with Eric Holder, President-elect Obama's pick for Attorney General, on Monday afternoon, according to a statement issued today by Leahy's office.

The meeting will be one of the first between a Senate committee chair and a nominee. 

Leahy also sent Holder the Judiciary Committee's bipartisan questionnaire today in preparation for his upcoming confirmation hearings, Leahy's office said in the statement.  

In a speech on the Senate floor last month, Leahy declared his support for Holder calling him "an outstanding and historic nominee," despite a string  of criticism from Republicans. Republicans blame Holder for not objecting to pardons granted by President Bill Clinton to fugitive Marc Rich and others in 2001.  Holder was running the Justice Department as acting attorney general at the time.   

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