Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was the only senator to oppose West's nomination.
Grassley said West defended a “quid pro quo” deal worked out by Perez that undercut a whistle-blower fighting the city of St. Paul, Minn. Grassley said the deal left the whistle-blower “twisting in the wind.”
“We need individuals serving in these position who are willing to stand up against those trying to advance a political agenda,” Grassley said. “It doesn’t appear Mr. West stood up to Mr. Perez as he should have. … [However] I’m will to give Mr. West the benefit of the doubt.”
West, who had been serving as acting associate attorney general, waited weeks for Senate Leaders to agree on a time to hold the vote.