The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday to endorse Dawn Johnsen to lead the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, sending her nomination to the full Senate for what is expected to be a contentious debate. The 11-7 vote reflects sharp division over Johnsen's writings on abortion and national security. She is the first of President Barack Obama's nominees for the Justice Department not to receive at least some Republican support in the Judiciary Committee.
Senate Fight Likely as Nominee for Office of Legal Counsel Moves Forward
March 20, 2009