Justice Department Dispute Delays Judicial Nomination Vote

The judicial nomination of Justice Department official Michael Chertoff was held up today as Democrats wanted to learn more about the ruckus over whistleblower Jesselyn Radack, who, while working in the Justice Department's Professional Responsibility Advisory Office, had issued an opinion that the FBI could not interrogate John Walker Lindh without an attorney present. She was later pressured to resign.

I'm very concerned about this Radack situation," Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, said today after meeting with Mr. Chertoff. "It appears she was effectively fired for providing legal advice that the department didn't agree with."

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