President Bush has used a constitutional provision to bypass the Senate and fill a top Justice Department slot with an official whose nomination stalled over tactics at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval facility.
Bush used a “recess appointment” Wednesday to name Alice S. Fisher to lead the agency’s criminal division. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., had blocked the nomination because he wants to talk to an agent who named Fisher in an e-mail about allegedly abusive interrogations at the U.S. military prison camp at Guantanamo.
The agent wrote that in weekly meetings with Justice Department officials “we often discussed (Defense Department) techniques and how they were not effective or producing (intelligence) that was reliable.” In the next sentence, the agent said Fisher, then the No. 2 official in the criminal division, was among Justice officials who attended the meetings.