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May 10, 2011

Senate Cloture Vote - Cole Nomination

Nomination of James Michael Cole, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Attorney General

Debate

Motion to Invoke Cloture
Cloture Motion Rejected by 10 votes: 50-40, 10 not voting (3/5 required)


Senate GOP attempting to block Obama nominee for deputy attorney general
Senate Republicans spent much of Monday afternoon airing a list of grievances they hold against President Obama's nominee for deputy attorney general, James Cole. The Senate planned to hold a procedural vote on Cole's nomination later Monday. Republican complaints center around Cole's work as a lawyer when he took up the defense of unpopular clients, especially Saudi Arabia's minister of interior, Prince Naif, who was being sued by 9/11 victims for his government's alleged role in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Senate blocks confirmation of deputy attorney general
The path forward for the confirmation of Deputy Attorney General James Cole was blocked in the Senate Monday in a 50-40 procedural vote.

Senate Republicans Block James Cole, Key Obama Nominee at Justice Dept.
Senate Republicans tonight blocked the Obama administration’s pick to be deputy attorney general, James Cole.

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