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Holder Has More Conflicts of Interest

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Holder asked for a conflict waiver on September 4, 2009, from President Obama to allow Holder to stay in the Ted Stevens case. It seems his old firm now represents William Welch in that case.

Obama granted this ethics waiver and allowed Holder to stay in a case where he thought he had a conflict.

I wonder what Holder will do now that Don Siegelman has made William Welch part of his case, as many have encouraged him to do for months?

I do not believe Siegelman knew at the time he filed this last paperwork that Covington and Burling was representing William Welch. It has been a secret in Washington and quietly handled behind the scenes but I suspect firecrackers will go off about this - in all the cases in the South where Welch is accused of wrongdoing and helping hide facts that needed to be turned over to defendants, just like in the Stevens and Siegelman cases.

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Everyone should call Attorney General Holder's office and let him know the jig is up. He should get out of the Siegelman Scrushy case and make arrangements for Obama to appoint a new special counsel to review and oversee the Siegelman and Scrushy case since Holder has already admitted his old firm represents Mr. William Welch and it might be a conflict. Holder just has not had the guts to file it in the Siegelman case.

Also please call the White House and ask them how long they knew this was going on.

Shame on them for allowing an attorney general to stay in a case where he thinks he might have a conflict. He needs to not be overseeing any cases where his old firm is involved. And since Mr. Welch is their client, he should have gotten out of the Siegelman case the minute he knew it, as Mr. Welch's misconduct has been covered in numerous articles.

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It is important to the citizens of our country that the Justice Department always appear to be conflict free and we need to let President Obama know that Holder is not conflict free.

This is why we are having the problems we are now having: because attorneys at the DOJ don't seem to want to understand conflicts, and AG Holder knew better or he would not have ask for a waiver in the first place on Mr. Welch.

The damage he has done overseeing the Siegelman case while his old firm had Welch as a client is not something that can be corrected, and he should dismiss the case and ask for a new trial.

Clearly he could have asked for a waiver in this matter as well and did not and has stayed in the case not telling anyone about his potential conflict.

It is also important to note that Mr. Welch has done many of the answers with Franklin in the Siegelman case all the while represented by Covington and Burling and never telling the citizens of his potential conflict.

It is a disgrace that I have to out Mr. Holder and he wasn't man enough to ask for a waiver in this matter, but this is not the first time he hoped no one would catch him.

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Shame on Holder. Maybe President Obama should consider replacing him for bringing this kind of disgrace on his office.


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Simpson is a country lawyer who resides in Rainsville, Alabama. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and Dan Abrams MSNBC. Stories were written in Time Magazine, Harpers Magazine, and the New York Times about her being a witness in the Don Siegelman case (more...)

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