Ranking Republican member of Senate Judiciary Committee requested delay in Fishman/Durkan consideration

The Senate Judiciary Committee will not decide whether to kick up the nomination of New Jersey U.S. Attorney nominee Paul Fishman for a vote in the full Senate.

Caley Gray – a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park), who is not on the Judiciary Committee but who recommended Fishman to President Obama – said that Fishman’s nomination will be taken up by the committee next week. The same applies for Jennifer Durkan, who was nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington State.

“It’s just procedural. Neither of the U.S. Attorneys are being considered,” said Gray.

The committee's ranking Republican member, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), requested postponement of the consideration of the Fishman and Durkan nomination, though it is not yet clear why. A spokesman for Sessions could not immediately be reached for comment. Members of the committee are allowed to hold over nominations that appear on the agenda for the first time for one week. Ranking Republican member of Senate Judiciary Committee requested delay in Fishman/Durkan consideration