Recess appointments

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on December 31, 2010

James Cole as the No. 2 in the Department of Justice seems to be the one gaining the most attention of the six recess appointees President Obama installed earlier this week. Daniel Foster over at NRO has some of Cole’s CV:

  • Appointed as the Independent Consultant for American International Group, Inc., to exam its transactions and oversee the revision of its corporate compliance and financial disclosure policies
  • Appointed Special Counsel to the House Ethics Committee for its investigation of Speaker Newt Gingrich
  • Counseled Arthur Andersen in its efforts to revamp its document management and compliance procedures after the Enron related events were uncovered
  • Represented the Chief Risk Officer of Enron
  • Served as lead defense counsel in United States v. Edwin Edwards (former Governor of Louisiana)
  • Represented individuals and companies in the health care field concerning disputes concerning billing fraud and abuse and FDA regulatory issues
  • Represented individuals and entities in campaign finance investigation.

Jennifer Rubin, now of the Washington Post adds more, including the fact that Cole represented a Saudi prince in a case brought by some of the 9/11 survivors.

I understand that lawyers represent a variety of people, but you’ve really got to go out of your way to rack up a rogues gallery like this one.

It seems the main objection has been that Cole is of the opinion that the 9/11 attacks specifically, and the war on terror generally, are really  law enforcement actions, not acts of war to be dealt with militarily. That’s stupid and odious – and the current policy position of the attorney general.

You want this to change? Vote in 2012.


In a just world, SB 918 and its New York counterpart would make the Supreme Court* say: "well, we tried to let you keep shall issue, but you morons just couldn't help yourselves, so now constitutional carry is the law of the land".

*Hopefully it doesn't need to go to SCOTUS.

New talking points just dropped in WaPo -- if that's the excuse for the raid, how does the FBI also justify letting Clinton skate when she also had docs "classified at the highest classification level"?

The most dramatic consequences of government intervention occurred in Sri Lanka, where a 2021 fertilizer ban led to a massive reduction in yields, sparking starvation and an economic crisis that brought down the government in July.

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