Senate committee endorses AG nominee Holder

Eric Holder's nomination was supposed to be hotly contested of President Obama's appointments, but the Judiciary Committee voted overhwelmingly in his favor.

Published January 28, 2009 4:50PM (EST)

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday morning to endorse Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder, and send his nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

The vote was 17-2 in favor of Holder, with Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and John Cornyn of Texas the only holdouts. That's a striking result, considering that the GOP had earlier signaled that, out of all of President Obama's high-profile nominees, they'd take the strongest stance against Holder.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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