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Chertoff Nomination Gets Bipartisan Praise

Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 14:51:35 +0200 (CEST)
From: "Robert M. Stockmann" 
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 article about Chertoff,
well here comes :

"Chertoff Nomination Gets Bipartisan Praise",1,

  "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 
   Medicaid fraud. 
   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 

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