Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Cloture Motion On The Nomination Of Jim Cole To Be The Deputy Attorney General

“The Deputy Attorney General – the number two position at the Department of Justice – is a critical national security position.  Jim Cole is serving in this post now, but his nomination has been held up for far too long.  Former Deputy Attorneys General who served under Democratic and Republican Presidents wrote to the Senate last year, explaining the importance of this position, and urging us to take action and vote on the nomination, which has received significant bipartisan support.

“The Judiciary Committee first reported this nomination to the Senate in July 2010.  I regret that the Majority Leader has been required to file cloture.  Especially given these times and our country’s security needs, the Senate should proceed to vote and confirm the Deputy Attorney General.”

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