POLITICS
01/17/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

GOP Expands Planned Attacks On Eric Holder

Senate Republicans have requested information about Attorney General nominee Eric Holder's role in the Elian Gonzalez controversy as part of a broad probe into his tenure with the Clinton administration and potential ties to presidential scandals during that era.

Eight of nine GOP members on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote Clinton Presidential Library Director Terry Garner on Thursday to ask for 10 categories of material, including any information on Holder's involvement with the Cuban boy seized by U.S. agents in April 2000.

Holder was deputy attorney general at the time. While the senators have stated publicly their concerns about Holder's role in the 2001 pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, the move to focus attention on the highly controversial Gonzalez case indicates the confirmation of President-elect Obama's top law enforcement official will be anything but smooth.

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