Panel backs so­lic­i­tor-gen­eral nom­i­nee

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Alex Swoyer

The Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee ap­proved three high-pro­file picks Thurs­day for the Jus­tice De­part­ment, in­clud­ing Noel Fran­cisco to be so­lic­i­tor gen­eral, thrust­ing him di­rectly into the mid­dle of a num­ber of ma­jor court cases the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is al­ready fight­ing.

Mr. Fran­cisco will be the gov­ern­ment’s ad­vo­cate be­fore the Supreme Court if con­firmed by the full Se­nate.

He cleared the com­mit­tee on a party-line vote, 11-9, with Democrats say­ing they were look­ing for some­one who would stand up to Pres­i­dent Trump within the de­part­ment.

Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein, the rank­ing Demo­crat, said she was par­tic­u­larly ea­ger to see some­one who wouldn’t de­fend Mr. Trump’s vet­ting ex­ec­u­tive or­der that halts most ad­mis­sions from six ter­ror­ist-con­nected coun­tries.

As act­ing so­lic­i­tor gen­eral early in the ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mr. Fran­cisco signed briefs jus­ti­fy­ing the first ver­sion of the ex­ec­u­tive or­der.

“I am con­cerned he will ap­proach his role as Pres­i­dent Trump’s so­lic­i­tor gen­eral and not the so­lic­i­tor gen­eral of the United States,” Ms. Fe­in­stein said.

Mr. Fran­cisco won a de­ci­sive 9-0 vic­tory over Pres­i­dent Obama over re­cess ap­point­ments, fought the ad­min­is­tra­tion to a draw on the Oba­macare con­tra­cep­tive man­date and won the re­lease of for­mer Vir­ginia Gov. Bob McDon­nell af­ter con­vinc­ing the jus­tices that the cor­rup­tion charges were bo­gus.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.