Holder continues to receive support from prominent Republican lawyer-politicians. Former Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo.) and former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) joined Leahy in the conference call to vouch for Holder’s independence and judgment as deputy attorney general.
“There’s a unique perspective that comes from being a part of that Justice Department family,” said Hutchinson, a partner at Venable and a former U.S. attorney. “He will be able to create an atmosphere of independence and integrity throughout the department. Leadership starts at the top, and that will carry down through the career attorneys in the department.”
Besides his roles as a US Attorney in Arkansas and a member of the Judiciary Committe in Congress, Hutchinson served as the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and as Undersecretary of Homeland Security.