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The Senate confirmed David Barron for a slot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Thursday over objections rooted in his work on legal memos that justified targeted drone strikes against Americans abroad.

The confirmation vote—53-45—was expected after Barron’s nomination cleared a procedural hurdle Wednesday. Barron, a Harvard Law School professor, needed a simple majority for confirmation to the First Circuit.

Barron’s nomination became contentious because of his work in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. The White House push for Barron’s confirmation included a concession: The administration permitted senators to see a secret OLC memo regarding drone strikes.

Support for Barron came only from Democrats and independents. Votes against Barron on Thursday included Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va.

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