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AG Holder Criticizes Clement Critics

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by The Federalist Society
Posted April 26, 2011, 4:35 PM

The Blog of Legal Times reports that Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. today defended Paul Clement's decision to leave King & Spalding in order to continue representing the House of Representatives in its support of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, stating: "I think those who were critical of (Clement) for taking that representation - that criticism is very misplaced."

Attorney General Holder also compared the criticism of Clement to the criticism a year ago of Justice Department lawyers who had represented Guantanamo detainees in private practice:

The people who criticized our people here at the Justice Department were wrong then, as are people who criticized Paul Clement for taking the representation that is going to continue.

The comments came after the Attorney General delivered remarks at DOJ's Great Hall to lawyers and staff detailing the Department's current priorities.

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