Justice Department will respond to judge, attorney general says
CHICAGO – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the Justice Department will respond “appropriately” to a federal appellate judge in Texas who demanded a letter recognizing the authority of the federal courts to strike down laws passed by Congress.
Holder spoke a day after 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith questioned President Barack Obama’s remarks earlier in the week about an “unelected” court possibly striking down the president’s health care overhaul. Smith, during oral arguments in a separate challenge to the health law, asked the Justice Department for a three-page, single-spaced letter affirming the federal court’s authority.
On Wednesday, Holder acknowledged the courts have “the final say” and defended the president’s remarks. He shrugged off a reporter’s suggestion that reaction to Obama’s comments have become a distraction.
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