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Nomination of Kristen Clarke, controversial Biden civil-rights pick, hangs in balance

Added 05-14-21 10:29:02am EST - “The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of Kristen Clarke to run the civil rights division at the Department of Justice on Thursday, but her confirmation is still not certain as a handful of key moderate senators have…” - Foxnews.com

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The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of Kristen Clarke to run the civil rights division at the Department of Justice on Thursday, but her confirmation is still not certain as a handful of key moderate senators have yet to announce their stance on the nominee. 

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, all have yet to take a public position on Clarke's nomination. Those four are considered the most important swing votes on any nominee of President Biden's that is particularly polarizing. 

Murkowski broke ranks with Republicans to help confirm Vania Gupta as associate attorney general last month, and also voted for Deb Haaland to be Interior secretary. Manchin, meanwhile, scuttled the confirmation hopes of Neera Tanden, Biden's former nominee to run the Office of Management and Budget, when he publicly opposed her. 

Kristen Clarke delivers remarks after being nominated to be civil rights division assistant attorney general by President-elect Joe Biden at The Queen theater January 07, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware. From 2014 to 2017 Gupta served as the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division during the Obama Administration. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) ( Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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