Senate Panel Approves Alberto Gonzales in Split, Party Line Vote
The ACLU sends this press release by e-mail:
WASHINGTON-The Senate Judiciary Committee today narrowly approved the nomination of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, sending to the full Senate an appointment made controversial by the Bush Administration's torture policies. In a sign of how controversial the nomination has become, all of the Judiciary Committee's Democratic members voted against Gonzales.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which does not take a position on cabinet nominations, said that the Senate cannot meaningfully exercise its constitutional duty of "advise and consent" on the Gonzales nomination because the Administration continues to stonewall against releasing documents on how it developed its policies on interrogation and torture, and Gonzales himself refuses to answer even basic questions on his role in those policies.
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