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US Senate Panel Approves Deputy Attorney General Nominee Monaco

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Nominee to be Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 9, 2021. (Joshua Roberts/File/Reuters)

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday overwhelmingly approved by a voice vote President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as deputy attorney general, Lisa Monaco, paving the way for her to receive a confirmation vote on the Senate floor.

At the same time, however, Republicans signaled they would not be willing to support Biden’s associate attorney general nominee Vanita Gupta.

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Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Police Use of Force and Community Relations” in Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, on June 16, 2020. (Tom Williams/File/Pool via Reuters)

“Her public record is too extreme and her testimony hasn’t helped me contextualize it in any meaningful way,” Ranking Republican Charles Grassley said on Thursday.

Grassley called Monaco a “consummate professional.”

Debate on Gupta’s record is expected to continue before the panel proceeds to vote on her nomination.

By Sarah N. Lynch

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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