Holder Has OPR’s back
By Leah Nylen | February 25, 2010 10:47 am

A DOJ spokeswoman told TPMmuckracker Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder has the “utmost confidence” in the department’s ethics division, the Office of Professional Responsibility.

The office has come under fire since it issued a report Friday on the professional conduct of former Office of Legal Counsel officials Jay Bybee and John Yoo. The OPR report found the two Bush-era lawyers committed professional misconduct, but in a sharply critical 69-page memorandum Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis downgraded that conclusion to say Bybee and Yoo exhibited “poor judgment.”

According to TPM, DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said:

“The attorney general continues to have the utmost confidence in that office and its leadership. As the office that investigates allegations of misconduct by department attorneys, OPR serves a crucial role for the department.”

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