Attorney General Eric Holder turned over to the Senate half a dozen Supreme Court briefs he failed to disclose during his confirmation process more than a year ago.
“We regret the omission,” Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich said in a letter accompanying the list of amicus briefs not included in Holder’s Senate questionnaire, as required. Also included on the list, sent on Friday to Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), was a brief Holder submitted as counsel. (Click here for the list.)
A story on The National Review’s Web site this week criticized Holder for not disclosing a brief he signed with other former Clinton administration officials in the high-profile terrorism case of Jose Padilla. The Blog of Legal Times reported the omission of two additional briefs on Friday morning.
The department said Holder’s confirmation team mistakenly left out the briefs while preparing reams of documents for transmission to the Senate.
Senate Republicans pounced on Holder after the NRO report and continued their attack on Friday. Stephen Boyd, communications director for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the committee’s ranking member, called the situation “unacceptable.”
“Now that the Attorney General has finally provided the Committee with these important documents some 14 months after they should have been turned over, we can begin the discussion of the critical and substantive questions raised by these briefs,” he said.
Holder is scheduled to appear before the committee for a March 23 oversight hearing.