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Johnsen’s Confirmation Hearing as OLC Head — The Right Choice

February 25, 2009

 Dawn Johnsen will be questioned today by the Senate Judiciary Committee with respect to her nomination as head of the Office of Legal Counsel, along with David Kris, who has been nominated to head the National Security Division.  The Office of Legal Counsel is the key Justice Department office advising the President on issues of executive authority.  As a friend and colleague of Professor Johnsen for years — including a colleague when we both worked at OLC in the 1990s — I am completely confident that the Constitution will be in excellent hands with her as head of the Office, and that President Obama has chosen well.  That’s my opinion, as well as my disclosure of bias for what follows.  (more…)

Confirmation Hearings Set for Two Key Justice Department Officials

February 18, 2009

On Tuesday, February 25 at 2 p.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee is schedule to convene confirmation hearings for Dawn Johnsen slated as head of the Office of Legal Counsel and for David Kris to be head of the National Security Division. OLC is the epicenter for legal interpretations regarding surveillance, interrogation and detention, while NSD is operations central for law enforcement efforts to defeat terrorism within the United States. Both the legal interpretations and the operational policies of the Bush Administration came under enormous criticism, and a central theme of the hearings is certain to be trying to pin down each nominee on how much the Obama administration will differ from the approaches taken under President Bush. Copies of Professor Johnsen’s and Mr. Kris’ responses to the Committees questionnaire have been posted on the Committee website, here and here along with letters the Committee has received in support of each nominee.