During the earlier hearing, questions about what legal rights might be granted to suspected terrorists led Holder to tell lawmakers the chances of capturing the al-Qaida leader alive were very slim and "we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden."
On Wednesday Holder again tried to deflect hypothetical questions about what would happen were bin Laden taken alive.
The committee's senior Republican, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, insisted the U.S. needs a policy on how to handle bin Laden, particularly whether he should be read his Miranda rights — including the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.
Holder said there would be no need to read bin Laden his rights if captured, because the warning is only legally required to allow the use of incriminating statements made by suspects after they are caught. In bin Laden's case, Holder said, there is a wealth of incriminating evidence making further statements unnecessary to convict him.
"We have sufficient information, statements from bin Laden, so that there is no reason to Mirandize him at all, and you can still bring his case," Holder said.