Emanuel’s nomination advances despite Democratic opposition

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Wednesday to promote Rahm Emanuel’s nomination for ambassador to Japan, although the former chief of staff of President ObamaBarack Hussein Obama LIVE COVERAGE: Youngkin Wins Virginia; New Jersey gubernatorial race in tie Kal Penn says he was mocked by the Obamas for running for a White House job via the website Biden’s Policies Are Creating Jobs – For Robots MORE he saw two Democrats oppose him.

Emanuel’s nomination was approved by the committee by voice vote, but the Democrats Sens. Jeff MerkleyJeff Merkley Meet the Artist Behind Enes Kanter’s Anti-Beijing Shoes Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by American Clean Power – Democrats Prepare to Question Oil Executives Senate Democrats Propose Sanctions for Federal Reserve Officials Who do not follow the code of ethics MORE (D-Oregon) and Ed markeyEd Markey Michelle Wu, elected as Boston’s first mayor, Democrats seek to establish green bank for clean energy projects Balance / Sustainability – Presented by Delta – Electric Plane Makes Record Flight MORE (D-Mass.) Both voted against him.

Democratic votes were not enough to prevent Emanuel’s nomination from being favorably recommended to the public by the Senator. Jim RischJim Elroy RischOvernight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – US ‘Deeply Alarmed’ by Reports of Military Takeover in Sudan USA ‘Deeply Alarmed’ by Reports of Military Takeover in Sudan Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Raytheon Technologies Taiwan MORE (R-Idaho), the senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, endorses him, as does Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.).

Its. Susan collinsSusan Margaret Collins First openly lesbian judge confirmed in federal circuit court Congress can help save pregnant women and mothers of color Collins casts 8,000 consecutive roll call votes in the Senate MORE (R-Maine), who is not a member of the panel, also supports the former Chicago mayor’s nomination.

Merkley said he would oppose Emanuel ahead of the vote because of his handling of a 2014 investigation into a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

“Black Lives Matter,” Merkley said in a statement before the committee’s vote, announcing that he would oppose the mayor’s nomination based on “the opinion of civil rights leaders, criminal justice experts and local elected officials.”

Markey did not comment on his “no” vote.

Its. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRepublicans express concern over Biden’s candidate for ambassador to Germany A divided White House cannot stand up to China Senate passes a bill to protect telecommunications infrastructure from foreign threats MORE (R-Fl.) He voted “no” to the 14 nominees who were considered by the committee on Wednesday, including Emanuel.

President BidenJoe Biden Five Takeaways from a Bleak Night for Democrats Youngkin Wins Virginia Governor’s Race Michelle Wu Chosen as Boston’s First Mayor MOREThe decision to nominate Emanuel has sparked rejection by progressives and civil rights activists over allegations that he suppressed the release of critical evidence in the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald until he was reelected amid a close fight. political contest.

The video showed McDonald walking away from police when an officer opened fire.

Emanuel addressed the controversy during his confirmation hearing last month, saying “not a day or a week has passed” that he has not thought about the death of McDonald’s, but defended his actions at the time as trying not to undermine the judicial process. . .

“As you know, there is a long-standing protocol and practice that nothing is released in the middle of an investigation for fear of harming a witness or jeopardizing an accusation. That was the long-standing practice, not just in Chicago but across the country, ”he said, adding that he had tried to implement new oversight and accountability practices after the controversy.

“For me it is clear, those changes were inadequate to the level of distrust. There were at best fringes. I thought he was broaching the subject and clearly missed the level of mistrust and skepticism that existed. And that depends on me, ”he said.

Almost all of Biden’s diplomatic nominees are stuck in the Senate because Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Republicans express concern over Biden’s nominee for ambassador to Germany. (R-Texas) and Josh hawleyGun Control’s Joshua (Josh) David HawleyGun Alleges Campaign Finance Violations in Lawsuit Against the NRA The ‘Make in America to Sell in America Act’ Undermines US Competitiveness Hawley Blames Liberal Attacks on the masculinity of ‘idle men’ who watch porn, play video games MORE (R-Mo.).

Cruz opposes the votes of State Department nominees in opposition to the Biden administration’s decision to waive sanctions on a Russian gas pipeline.

Hawley has called for the resignation of the secretary of state Antony blinkAntony Blinken A divided White House cannot cope with China Taiwan increases training of reserve forces Defense and national security overnight – The confrontation over the sub-agreement intensifies MORE and national security advisor Jake sullivanJake SullivanA Divided White House Can’t Stand Up To China The Hill 12:30 AM Report: Biden Biden’s 30-Year Climate Strategy Goes To Glasgow With Uncertainty Over The National Climate Agenda MORE on his handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.


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