Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 14:51:35 +0200 (CEST)
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Subject: Chertoff Nomination Gets Bipartisan Praise
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As in the mean time Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales is to resign,
the haloscan blogger mentioned a latimes.com article about Chertoff,
well here comes :
"Chertoff Nomination Gets Bipartisan Praise"
"By DONNA DE LA CRUZ, Associated Press Writer,
5:48 PM PST, January 11, 2005
WASHINGTON -- When President Clinton took office, he fired all the
U.S. attorneys who had served under his Republican predecessor
except one: New Jersey U.S. Attorney Michael Chertoff. Chertoff had
won support from a high-profile Democrat, then-Sen. Bill Bradley,
who asked that he be kept on.
That's as good an example as any that as Homeland Security
secretary, Chertoff would be able to work with members of both
parties, his supporters say.
New Jersey Sens. Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg, both Democrats,
praised President Bush's nomination of the Elizabeth, N.J., native,
with Corzine calling him "one of the most able people and public
servants he has ever known." Lautenberg said Chertoff's
anti-terrorism experience will serve the country well.
Scott Christie, the current U.S. attorney for New Jersey and a Bush
appointee who once worked for Chertoff, said his former boss "works
and develops consensus in what he does and politics takes a
backseat to doing the right thing for him.
"This speaks to the fact that he's recognized by both parties as a
consummate professional first," Christie said.
The son of a rabbi, Chertoff, 51, was tapped by New York Sen.
Alfonse D'Amato to be the Senate Republicans' chief counsel for the
Clinton-era Whitewater investigation. Chertoff also investigated
the suicide of Vincent Foster, a Clinton aide and former law
partner of Hillary Clinton, and other allegations against the
Glenn Ivey, a former Democratic attorney on the Senate Whitewater
Committee, said that if Chertoff is "as tough on terrorists as he
was on the Democrats in the Whitewater investigation, the nation is
in pretty good hands."
Ivey, now Prince George's County, Md., state's attorney, said that
Chertoff is "not going to be Mr. Congeniality, but maybe that's
what you need" to force 22 different agencies inside the Homeland
Security Department to work smoothly together.
Chertoff headed the Justice Department's criminal division from
2001 to 2003, where he played a central role in the nation's legal
response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, before the
president named him to a federal appeals court position in New
Corzine praised Chertoff's work in 2000 as special counsel to New
Jersey's Senate Judiciary Committee investigating allegations that
former state Attorney General Peter Verniero, suppressed evidence
of racial profiling by the state police.
Robert Mintz, who worked for Chertoff in New Jersey, and
represented Verniero during the racial profiling hearings, called
his former boss "tough, but scrupulously fair."
"While he was the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, he was one of the
hardest-working members of the office, someone who was widely
respected not just here, but across the country, for being a U.S.
attorney who could lead the office effectively and who also was the
best trial lawyer in the office," said Mintz, who chairs the white
collar defense practice at the Newark, N.J., law firm of McCarter &
As New Jersey's U.S. attorney from 1990 to 1994, Chertoff oversaw
high-profile prosecutions of Jersey City Mayor Gerald McCann, New
York chief judge Sol Wachtler and the kidnappers and killers of
Exxon executive Sidney Reso. Chertoff personally handled the stock
fraud trial of Eddie Antar, founder of the failed Crazy Eddie
discount electronics chain.
Chertoff graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and went
on to clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice William Brennan from
1979 to 1980. After spending a few years with a private law firm,
Chertoff was hired by Rudolph Giuliani, then the U.S. attorney in
Manhattan, where he prosecuted mob and political corruption cases.
"Having already assumed a great deal of responsibility in the
investigations of al-Qaida, Michael Chertoff has made clear his
commitment to keeping America safe," Giuliani said. "From this base
of experience, he'll be a superb Department of Homeland Security
secretary and continue the development of this important
In 1986, as head of the prosecution in the "Mafia Commission" case,
Chertoff won the conviction of top bosses of La Cosa Nostra on
charges including murder, extortion and racketeering.
After leaving the U.S. Attorney's office in 1994, Chertoff took on
several high-profile private clients, including the Columbia-HCA
health care chain which paid hundreds of millions of dollars for
In 2003, President Bush nominated him to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals, which sits in Philadelphia. He has handled a number of
routine reviews of immigration decisions and appeals of criminal
Robert M. Stockmann - RHCE
Network Engineer - UNIX/Linux Specialist