This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to recommend confirmation of Eric Holder as the next attorney general to the full Senate. The 17-2 vote was historic in the sense that, if approved, Mr. Holder would be the first African American to serve as attorney general. The full Senate could vote on his nomination as early as tomorrow.
The two senators who voted against Mr. Holder’s nomination were Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). Oddly enough, both men were staunch supporters of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and criticized those Democrats who opposed his confirmation for supposedly putting politics ahead of governing.
In a statement released this morning, AFJ President Nan Aron said “Mr. Holder’s record and testimony demonstrate his independence, his fairness [and] his ability to serve the nation well as…attorney general. The full Senate should follow the example of their fair-minded colleagues on the Judiciary Committee who supported Eric Holder. Now is the time to stand up for the rule of law, the future of the Justice Department and the interest of the American people by confirming Eric Holder.”