After a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, which was described by CNN as rancorous, the committee’s vote on the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee Eric Holder has been postponed until next Wednesday.
Holder still is all but sure to be confirmed ultimately, but GOP senators still have more questions about Holder’s role in former President Bill Clinton’s pardoning of billionaire fugitive Marc Rich. Rich’s then wife, Denise, was a generous Clinton donor.
Meanwhile, former Sen. Hillary Clinton is expected to be confirmed as Secretary of State this afternoon. Media outlets are reporting that Clinton will likely be almost immediately sworn into office. UPDATE: Clinton has been confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of State by a vote of 94-2.