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Senate confirms nominee amid pushback for torture memos

Senate confirms nominee amid pushback for torture memos

The Senate confirmed Steven Bradbury to serve as general counsel at the Department of Transportation, amid pushback concerning Bradbury’s role in drafting so-called torture memos during the George W. Bush administration.

McCain had been leading an effort to oppose Bradbury and promised on Tuesday to be “on the floor raising hell” against him, due to his involvement drafting memos providing legal grounds for “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

McCain was the only Republican senator earlier this month to oppose confirming Steven Engel to head up the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel because he “reviewed and commented” on a draft version of a memo that approved enhanced interrogation techniques in 2007.

Bradbury was the acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel from 2005 to 2009.

McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, also cautioned the Trump administration against implementing enhanced interrogation techniques in January when reports suggested Trump was contemplating an executive order to reinstate Bush-era detainee treatment standards.

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