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Holder: "We Don't Want To Criminalize Policy Differences" With Bush Administration

Eric Holder said that the Obama administration would not seek to "criminalize" policy disputes with the Bush administration.

Holder was responding to questions from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) about whether he, as attorney general, would authorize criminal prosecutions of Bush Justice Department lawyers who approved "extraordinary redition" and the warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens.

"We don't want to criminalize policy differences that may exist between the outgoing administration" and the incoming Obama administration.

Holder's view echoes that expressed by President-elect Barack Obama, who has so far indicated that he is not interested in pursuing such investigations.

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