Barron's nomination was approved by 53-45 the day after
senators cleared an important procedural hurdle and voted to
limit debate on his nomination for the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals, which reviews cases from lower federal courts in Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico.
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky failed on Wednesday to
get the chamber to delay votes until the Obama administration
releases a memo Barron wrote in 2010 laying the groundwork for a
2011 drone attack in Yemen that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.
citizen who was an al Qaeda leader.
The Justice Department is expected to make the memo public after
classified information is redacted. White House spokesman Jay
Carney said that senators have had access to the unredacted
version of the memo for their review.
Barron was a high-ranking official in the Department of Justice
office of legal counsel and is now a Harvard Law School
(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Additional reporting by Richard
Cowan; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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