Senate Judiciary Committee OKs Holder In 17-2 Vote

Law360, New York (January 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday confirmed Eric Holder as the next U.S. attorney general in an overwhelming 17-2 vote.

Holder's nomination was sent to the full Senate, which could hold a final confirmation vote as early as Thursday.

“Mr. Holder has demonstrated that he is committed to restoring the rule of law, and, as President Obama said in his inaugural address ‘to reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals,’” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the committee's chairman, said in a statement....
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