Friday, March 27, 2009

Senate backs Kris for assistant attorney general

Senate backs Kris for assistant attorney general; The Associated Press

A former Justice Department attorney who criticized the legal justifications behind former President George W. Bush's warrantless wiretapping was confirmed Wednesday by the Senate to head the department's national security team.

The Senate, on a 97-0 vote, confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of David Kris to be assistant attorney general for the national security division.

Kris was an associate deputy attorney general from 2000 to 2003 dealing with national security issues. He also represented the agency at the National Security Council. Most recently, he was deputy general counsel at Time Warner Inc. and taught law at Georgetown University.

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