Nevertheless, Republicans on the panel haven't given up; they now say they'll try to delay a second committee vote on Johnsen scheduled for today. Citing "several incidents affecting our national security" -- including the attempted destruction of an airliner on Christmas Day -- they're again raising questions about "her dedication to aggressive executive action in national security matters."
The Office of Legal Counsel, which interprets law for the executive branch, became notorious in the days of John Yoo, a George W. Bush appointee who provided his bosses with specious legal opinions giving cover to the use of torture in the interrogation of suspected terrorists. Johnsen was scathingly critical of the Bush-era office, asking in one blog post: "Where is the outrage, the public outcry?!" Republicans who had no problem with the office interpreting the law to accommodate the Bush administration's tactics in the war on terror now fault Johnsen for supposedly harboring a liberal agenda.