It's a good question, because by simply mentioning that a look at Saad's FBI background check would show "there's a problem there," Harry Reid was attacked by the wingers at the Washington Times and NRO for supposedly "leaking" information from a confidential report. They seem to have backed off a bit since their attack dog was revealed as a more plausible suspect for leaking Saad's report. But the question remains: what's so damaging in the report?
I've talked to plenty of people in MI about this, and while there are some rumors that prompt smirks, I can't honestly say I know what's so damaging that Reid was confident that even the Republicans would pull their support for Saad. But while not related to the rumors floating about, here is an intriguing possible conflict of interest by Saad.
As just about everyone knows, Jack Kevorkian, AKA "Doctor Death," is in a Michigan prison for violating the state's law against assisted suicide. Kevorkian was prosecuted in Oakland County, a suburban county north of Detroit. When Kevorkian's attorney appealed the conviction, the appeal was handled by Assistant Oakland Country prosecutor Anica Letica. If the name Letica sounds familiar, it might be because you've recently read about Mara Letica, who in addition to being a Swift Boats contributor, is also the wife of Henry Saad. Why does any of this matter? Because Anica Letica argued the Kevorkian case before her cousin Mara's current husband, Judge Henry Saad.
The may not be anything improper here. This case was litigated almost four years ago, and I think Letica and Saad have been married just a few years. (By the way, have any enterprising reporters begun their own background checks on Saad? Apparently there's something in his personal background that's pretty incendiary.) It's possible that Henry Saad and Mara Letica didn't even know each other in 2001. But if they were married or even romantically involved in 2001, there is at least the appearance of a problem in the appeal. (The court decided against Kevorkian and in favor of Letica and the prosecution.)
If Saad's nomination ever gets a hearing, I hope somebody at least inquires into whether he permitted a case before him to be compromised by a conflict of interest.