- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2009


WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder has been sworn in as the nation’s attorney general, the first African-American to fill the job.

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the Justice Department.

Biden said the department, under Holder, would return to a past standard of “no politics, no ideology. Only a clear assessment of facts and law.”

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Hundreds of department employees packed the hallways and stairways to welcome Holder. To loud cheers and applause, he pledged to remake the department by “taking it back to what it once was and always has to be.”

Holder was confirmed Monday evening by a 75-21 Senate vote, with all the opposition coming from Republicans.

Holder takes over a department wracked by Bush administration scandals over politically motivated hirings and firings.

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