Washington, D.C. — Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after Republicans blocked the confirmation of James Cole to Deputy Attorney General:
“In the same week that the men and women of our intelligence community are using fresh evidence to track down al Qaeda, Republicans are blocking us from confirming the man who signs the warrants they need to hunt down terrorists.
“The Deputy Attorney General oversees the Department of Justice National Security Division, and he authorizes critical intelligence and law enforcement efforts to identify and disrupt terrorist plots. It is dangerous for Republicans to hold up a key member of the President’s national security team. This is the first time a nominee for Deputy Attorney General has ever been filibustered, and tonight Republicans made history for all the wrong reasons.
“This is not the time to play partisan games with our nation’s safety. James Cole has broad, bipartisan support from former federal prosecutors, district attorney and criminal defense organizations and high-ranking public officials. He’s qualified for the job, he already performs today and I’m highly disappointed that Republicans have been stalling on this crucial confirmation for nearly a year.”