Protesters hold up signs outside of Federal Hall during a demonstration against then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2003 in New York City.

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has criticized the Obama administration's stance on the detainee policy in the defense bill.

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Attorney General Eric Holder, shown testifying on Capitol Hill this year, is in the spotlight because of emails and other documents that indicate he seems to have known about the Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation earlier than he said.

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In this artist rendering, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab stands with his attorney Miriam Siefer before U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds in federal court in Detroit, Sept. 13, 2010. Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight on Christmas in 2009, fired his lawyers and is now representing himself. Carole Kabrin/AP hide caption

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The Texas State Capitol is seen late Jan. 18, in Austin. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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B. Todd Jones, the top federal prosecutor in Minnesota, speaks during a press conference with Attorney General Eric Holder last year. Jones has been tapped as acting chief of the troubled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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Anita Gisbert prays underneath police tape surrounding LeRoy Carhart's abortion clinic in Germantown, Md. in July. The Justice Department has increased enforcement of laws that prevent protesters from blocking access to clinics. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, shown here in 2010, is one former Justice Department official supporting the case of an Albanian witness asking for government protection. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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