Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Failed Vote On The Motion To Invoke Cloture On The Nomination Of James Cole To Be The Deputy Attorney General

“One week ago, a successful operation led to the death of the world’s number one terrorist.  Experts and the American people believe that we are now facing a heightened terrorism threat in the wake of the raid upon Osama bin Laden’s compound.  Our success in protecting our Nation depends on the ability of the President to rely on his national security team.  Jim Cole is a key member of that team, with a well-deserved reputation for toughness, fairness, and integrity.  He has demonstrated the leadership skills and clear-eyed focus on the mission that we need against al Qaeda. 

“Senate Republicans have chosen to filibuster his nomination as Deputy Attorney General of the United States, the second highest position at the Justice Department with critical national security responsibilities.  This is the wrong filibuster at the wrong time, against a nominee endorsed by former Republican Senator Jack Danforth and other Republican officials.  For the first time in history a nominee to serve as the Deputy Attorney General – a key national security position – is facing a partisan filibuster.”

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