Wallace claimed Holder, confirmed 75-21, "got into office by the skin of his teeth"

››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace claimed that Eric Holder "got into office by the skin of his teeth." However, Holder was confirmed by the Senate in a 75-21 vote, and the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 in favor of reporting his nomination to the full Senate.

During the February 22 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace claimed that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder "got into office by the skin of his teeth." However, Holder was confirmed by the Senate in a 75-21 vote, and the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 in favor of reporting his nomination to the full Senate. FoxNews.com itself reported that Holder was confirmed "after supporters from both parties spoke of his ideal resume and easily overcame some Republican objections."

From the February 22 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday:

WALLACE: Mara -- we've got about a minute left Mara, and I want to ask you about one other aspect of this. I talked to a senior White House official this week who said Holder was not speaking for the president; the speech had not been approved by the White House, which, it seems to me, raises two questions. This is an attorney general who got into office by the skin of his teeth. And speaking about cowards, he was not exactly a profile in courage when he folded like an accordion to the Clinton -- Bill Clinton on the pardon of Marc Rich. Is this really a conversation that Eric Holder wants to hold in his first days in office? And is he the right man --

MARA LIASSON (NPR national political correspondent): Look, I --

WALLACE: -- to lecture America on courage?

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