“Dream Team” at OLC Dismantled, as Marty Lederman Leaves Executive Branch

By: Wednesday July 21, 2010 7:20 am

Let me go in the wayback machine to January 20, 2009, and the announcement of Marty Lederman joining the Administration in the Office of Legal Counsel: Lederman, another former Clinton Office of Legal Counsel lawyer, is perhaps the most prominent of several high-profile opponents of the Bush Administration’s executive power claims joining Obama, a mark [...]

Dawn Johnsen Withdraws Her Nomination To Head OLC

By: Friday April 9, 2010 2:24 pm

Multiple sources have reported and Sam Stein confirms that Dawn Johnsen, the Indiana University law professor whose bid to run the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department has been delayed for over a year, has just withdrawn her nomination. The White House confirmed this to Stein. Johnsen has been delayed since early last [...]

Dawn Johnsen Approved By Senate Judiciary Committee Again

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 8:56 am

It took five attempts – the committee seemed to always run out of time, or lose a quorum – but today the Senate finally approved the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel. Johnsen, an Indiana University law professor who was critical of the Bush Administration’s terror policies, was already approved [...]

Obama Gets 27 Nominees Confirmed, Reserves Right To Use Recess Appointments

By: Friday February 12, 2010 6:34 am

Depending on your perspective, the President either won a showdown last night or put into reserve a tool he should be using. The Senate confirmed a huge group of administration nominees on Thursday, following a tense exchange between President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). At a White House meeting with bipartisan [...]

Nelson Never Asked For Johnsen Confirmation Vote

By: Monday January 25, 2010 10:15 am

The Indianapolis Star has a fascinating tidbit in the ongoing Dawn Johnsen saga: Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., has said he is likely to vote for her, which would give Democrats the 60 votes they need for confirmation if all Democrats stick together. But while Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., recently reversed positions and said he would [...]

Republicans Want New Hearings On Dawn Johnsen

By: Friday January 15, 2010 12:31 pm

Dawn Johnsen’s nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee months ago, and with Arlen Specter’s support her confirmation has been thought to be all but assured. Nevertheless, with the re-nomination process, Republicans will seek additional hearings, a perfect opportunity for them to fearmonger on terrorism: “In recent weeks there have been several incidents threatening our national [...]

Pushed By Sestak, Specter Becomes Supporter Of Dawn Johnsen’s Confirmation

By: Tuesday January 12, 2010 2:03 pm

Yesterday I mentioned in The Roundup that Joe Sestak was pressuring Arlen Specter, previously opposed to the nomination of Dawn Johnsen as the head of the Office of Legal Counsel, to support her re-nomination. Now Specter has released a statement supporting the nominee. “After voting ‘pass’ (which means no position) in the Judiciary Committee, I [...]

Dawn Johnsen Will Be Re-Nominated

By: Thursday January 7, 2010 2:45 pm

Based on multiple reports and my own confirmation, the White House plans to re-nominate Dawn Johnsen to the post of Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Legal Counsel. Johnsen joins five other nominees who will be returned to the Senate by the White House for confirmation. Here they are: Dawn Johnsen, Nominee for Assistant [...]

Report: White House To Re-Nominate Dawn Johnsen For OLC Chief

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 1:32 pm

Sam Stein asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about the pace of federal appointments in the past year, and Gibbs said the President is unhappy about the slowness of the confirmations. More importantly, Stein has some Administration officials on background saying that Dawn Johnsen will be re-nominated for head of the Office of Legal [...]

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