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7 DOJ Appointees Defended Al-Qaeda Terror Suspects

March 03, 2010  | 

A day after a conservative group released a video condemning the Justice Department for refusing to identify seven lawyers who previously represented or advocated for terror suspects, Fox News has uncovered the identities of the seven lawyers.

The names were confirmed by a Justice Department spokesman, who said "politics has overtaken facts and reality" in a tug-of-war over the lawyers' identities.

"Department of Justice attorneys work around the clock to keep this country safe, and it is offensive that their patriotism is being questioned," said Justice Department Spokesman Matt Miller.

The video by the group Keep America Safe, which dubbed the seven lawyers "The Al Qaeda 7," is the latest salvo in a lengthy political battle.

For several months, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has led an effort to uncover politically appointed lawyers within the Justice Department who have advocated for Guantanamo Bay detainees or other terror suspects.

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