The Senate narrowly voted Thursday to confirm the author of memos justfying drone strikes against U.S. citizens to a federal court.
In a 53-45 vote, the Senate confirmed David Barron to serve on the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
The successful vote came after the administration said it would make public the memos Baron authored on the drone program.
Lawmakers in both parties had raised objections to Barron because of the memos, forcing the administration to meet with Senate Democrats last week to shore up support.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said he threw his support behind the nominee after the adminsitration's move to make the memos public. Despite being a critic of the U.S. drone program, Wyden said the White House's release of documents was a show of good faith.
But Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulGOP hasn’t reached out to centrist Dem senators Overnight Healthcare: GOP looks for ObamaCare path as right lashes out GOP looks for ObamaCare path as right lashes out MORE (R-Ky.) said that wasn’t good enough for him and that he was disturbed by the content of the memos.
“I believe it’s about what the memos themselves say,” Paul said. “I rise in opposition of the killing of American citizens without trial. Any nominee who rubber stamps and grants that power to the president is not worthy of being one step away from the Supreme Court.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyDem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy A guide to the committees: Senate Verizon angling to lower price of Yahoo purchase: report MORE (D-Vt.) said Paul’s filibuster of the Barron nomination was purely “political posturing.”
On Wednesday, the Senate voted 52-43 to end debate on Barron’s nomination. Democrats were successful because of reformed Senate rules that allow most nominations to advance by simple majority instead of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.