Nominee for attorney general pledges independence

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama's choice for attorney general,
Eric Holder, says he will serve in an independent manner if he is
put in charge of the Justice Department.

Holder was testifying Thursday at his confirmation hearing in
hopes of becoming the nation's first African-American attorney

Over the past several years, under the Bush administration, the
Justice Department has been dogged by accusations of political
influence. Holder served as the No. 2 official in the Justice
Department under President Bill Clinton.

Holder is expected to face some tough Republican questioning
during the hearing. But there's been no indication from any
Republican that GOP lawmakers will oppose his confirmation.

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