Tom Williams – Pool / AFP via Getty ImagesVanita Gupta testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on June 16, 2020. (Tom Williams – Pool / AFP via Getty Images)
The Senate narrowly confirmed civil rights lawyer Vanita Gupta as President Joe Biden’s associate attorney general on Wednesday.
Gupta, who will be the third-ranking official at the Department of Justice, was confirmed 51-49, with Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joining all 50 Democrats voting in favor.
“I have looked at her record, I have had an extensive sitdown with her,” Murkowski said before the vote. “I am impressed with her credentials … and the passion that she carries with her with the work that she performs.”
Gupta’s nomination advanced in the Senate earlier Tuesday over near-unanimous Republican objections.
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