Senator Lindsey Graham had a busy day taking on the White House’s legal agenda. Graham today accused Attorney General Eric Holder of “making bad history” in his decision to send professed September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators to New York for trial in civilian court..
Holder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, testifying for the first time about this controversial decision.
Also in the Judiciary Committee, Graham voted against the president’s nominee for the Federal Court of Appeals out of Chicago, David Hamilton. Graham says that “I have tried to be fair to President Obama when it comes to judicial selections. Unfortunately, I find Judge Hamilton?s decision-making process to be so far removed from the mainstream that he should be denied promotion to the Court of Appeals.
Graham takes issue with Judge Hamilton’s reportedly comparing the judicial decision-making process to the constitutional amendment process. Hamilton said, “part of our job here as judges is to write a series of footnotes to the Constitution.”
In spite of Graham’s disapproval, Judge Hamilton was approved by the Judiciary.