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US Senate committee approves Holder

Eric Holder's nomination as the first African-American attorney general has moved to the full US Senate with broad bipartisan support.

world Updated: Jan 28, 2009 22:12 IST

Eric Holder's nomination as the first African-American attorney general has moved to the full US Senate with broad bipartisan support.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday to favorably recommend Holder for the job.

The only senator who voted against Holder was Republican Sen. John Cornyn. He criticized Holder's role in controversial pardons and questioned whether he would protect U.S. intelligence agents who participated in harsh interrogations.