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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 09:15 PM
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5. Keisler was associate counsel to President Reagan.
Edited on Tue Sep-18-07 09:15 PM by L. Coyote
Head of DOJ's Civil Division Resigns
AP - September 7, 2007

Assistant Attorney General Peter D. Keisler, who oversaw the Bush administration's lengthy legal fight over the rights of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, announced his resignation Thursday as head of the civil division.


Before taking charge of the civil division in 2003, Keisler was a principal deputy associate attorney general and acting associate attorney general. He came to the department from the Washington law firm of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood.

He also served as associate counsel to President Reagan.

D.C. Circuit Nominee Keisler Accused of Undermining Government Tobacco Case

Keisler ... Associate Counsel and Assistant Counsel in the Reagan White House ... reportedly worked on AIDS policy, the Bork Supreme Court nomination, and other controversial matters ... nearly all the documents pertaining to his work there remain locked away in the Reagan Presidential Library, apparently at the behest of the Bush administration.

01/09/2007 - President Bush has renominated controversial Peter Keisler to the D.C. Circuit. The White House is still stonewalling the Senate and the American public by blocking the release of relevant public records from Keislers tenure in the Office of Counsel during the Reagan Administration. People For the American Way believes it's critical that the Senate and the public get the material to properly evaluate Keisler's nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation's second highest court.

People For the American Way and the Alliance for Justice filed a FOIA request for the information last July to fill in many of the blanks in Keislers record and help provide the Senate and the public with valuable insights into Keisler's conduct and views on important constitutional and legal matters.

Keisler co-founded the Federalist Society, clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Bork, and served as Assistant Counsel and then Associate Counsel in the Reagan White House from 198688.
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