The Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved U.S. Attorney nominees Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York, Tristram Coffin for the District of Vermont and Joyce Vance for the Northern District of Alabama.
Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) joked how the first two Obama U.S. Attorney nominees to go before the panel were from his home state, and the home state of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the committee’s ranking member.
“Who would of thought?” Leahy said. “Just rolled the dice and here we are.”
And of course: Preet Bharara is the choice of senior Judiciary Democrat Charles Schumer of New York. Bharara was Schumer’s chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Judiciary subcommitte on administrative oversight and the courts from 2005 to 2009. Bharara also helped lead the Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into the Bush administration’s firing of U.S. Attorneys in 2006.
The panel has yet to consider four other U.S. Attorney nominees who have been forwarded to the panel. A Democratic aide said it is too early to know if the full Senate will vote on any of the U.S. Attorney nominations before the August recess.
You can read the May 15 White House news release on the nominations here. Our previous post on the nominations is here.