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Senate GOP Blocks Justice Department Nominee

Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 10:35 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have blocked the Obama administration's choice for deputy attorney general over concerns about the nominee's links to American International Group.

James Cole was an independent consultant to AIG prior to its near collapse and government bailout in 2008. Republicans complained that confidentiality agreements prevented them from receiving answers about his work for the company.

Democrats cited endorsements Cole received from officials in both parties and high-ranking veterans of the department.

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed three U.S. appellate judges: Mary Helen Murguia of Arizona for the 9th Circuit, Scott Matheson Jr. of Utah for the 10th Circuit, and Kathleen O'Malley of Ohio for the Federal Circuit.

The Senate also confirmed Michele Marie Leonhart as head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. She has been acting administrator.


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