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Sen. Judiciary Confirms Holder 17-2; Next Stop: Full Senate Where It Looks Like a Sure Thing

In the end, the judiciary vote was pretty overwhelming. But Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex) was in the minority, delivering some stinging remarks about Holder.

By Randall Mikkelsen
Reuters
Eric Holder Jr.

Eric Holder Jr.

WASHINGTON – A Senate committee voted to approve Eric Holder to be the first black attorney general, sending his nomination on Wednesday to the full Senate, which is expected to confirm him.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 to confirm President Barack Obama’s nomination of Holder, a deputy attorney general under former President Bill Clinton. Holder had faced questions over his record, including his support for controversial pardons issued by Clinton, and Republicans had delayed the vote for a week until Wednesday.
“Eric Holder is a good man. He’s a decent man. He’s a public servant committed to the rule of law and he will be a good attorney general,” committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, said before the vote.
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READ  WEDNESDAY’S STATEMENTS BY  SOME COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Sen. Patrick Leahy
Sen. Herb Kohl
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Russ Feingold
Sen. John Cornyn
Sen. Edward Kaufman

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