Repeating arguments that they’ve been making for a year, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday to move forward on Dawn Johnsen’s nomination for a top position in the U.S. Justice Department.

The committee endorsed Johnsen 12-7 for assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel, an office that handles sensitive questions of constitutional law and was at the center of interrogation policy during the Bush administration. Thursday’s vote came almost a year after the committee first weighed in on Johnsen — a sign of how divisive her nomination has been.

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