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Judiciary Advances Trio of Obama Nominees

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously reported out three of President Barack Obama’s Justice Department nominees on Thursday, bringing the total number of appointees approved by the panel this year to nine.The committee sent forward the nominations of Tony West to be assistant attorney general for the Civil Division, Lanny A. Breuer to be assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division and Christine Anne Varney to be assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division. The nominations now head to the full Senate for consideration.“All three of the nominees are exceptionally well qualified to lead the divisions to which they have been nominated,— committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a statement. “I hope consideration of these important nominations will not be stalled, and that they can be confirmed before the Easter recess next week.—The committee will consider its first judicial nomination on Wednesday, when it will hear testimony from Indiana District Court Judge David Hamilton, who was nominated to fill a vacancy on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Ronald H. Weich, nominated to be assistant attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs, is also scheduled to testify at the hearing.

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