ad info

 
CNN.com Allpoliticsallpolitics.comwith TIME
CNN.com EUROPE:
  Editions|myCNN|Video|Audio|News Brief|Free E-mail|Feedback  
 

Search


Search tips
POLITICS
TOP STORIES

Bush unveiling religious-based charity plan

Bush and family attend largely black church

Bush appears to make encouraging first impression

Bush Cabinet will meet over California power crisis

Former first lady says Reagans repaid Bel Air home with interest

Lockhart defends Clintons as GOP criticizes gifts, pardons, pranks

(MORE)

TOP STORIES

Indian PM witnesses quake devastation

EU considers tighter BSE controls

Alpine tunnel tops summit agenda

Bill Gates to address Davos

(MORE)

 MARKETS    1613 GMT, 12/28
5217.4
-25.00
5160.1
+42.97
4624.58
+33.42

 
SPORTS

(MORE)

 All Scoreboards
WEATHER
European Forecast

 Or choose another Region:
EUROPE

WORLD

TECHNOLOGY

ENTERTAINMENT

  IN OTHER NEWS

U.S.

HEALTH

TRAVEL



(MORE HEADLINES)
EDITIONS:
CNN.com U.S.:
*

LOCAL LANGUAGES:


MULTIMEDIA:

CNN WEB SITES:

CNN NETWORKS:
CNN International

TIME INC. SITES:

SITE INFO:

WEB SERVICES:

Reno promises Ashcroft smooth transition

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Attorney General Janet Reno on Thursday said he had talked to potential successor John Ashcorft and promised a smooth transition at the Justice Department, despite the major policy differences between the two.

"I congratulated him on his nomination. I told him that I wanted to make sure that the transition, whenever it was appropriate, was done as smoothly as possible, and if there were any problems from his perspective to let me know, and he was very gracious," Reno told reporters. She called Ashcroft the Saturday following his nomination, and said discussed procedures, not policy.

"I didn't express any matters, opinions on any matters of substance. I think it's obvious that we disagree on a number of issues."

The attorney general would not identify programs or projects which she feared might be ended by Bush and Ashcroft, but did say she hoped that civil rights laws would be enforced.

"I want to make sure that we do everything we can to see that the civil rights laws are enforced in the tradition of William Rogers and the tradition of so many Republicans and Democrats, in the tradition of those federal judges in the South in the '50s and '60s."

Reno said no decision has been made about who will serve as acting attorney general during the period between her resignation and a Senate confirmation vote on Ashcroft. The Senate hearings are expected to be stormy, but Judiciary Committee sources in both parties say it appears the nomination will survive.

Reno indicated no concern that the Justice Department would be impaired if the confirmation is delayed, and recalled her own belated arrival in 1993.

"One of the things that I can tell you is, having come in on the heels of no confirmed attorney general for a month and a half, this department is a great institution. The people who work here do one heck of a job for the American people," Reno said.

Reno was confirmed after two other Clinton nominees for attorney general proved controversial and requested their nominations be withdrawn.


MORE STORIES:

Thursday, January 4, 2001


 Search   

Back to the top  © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.