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Chertoff nomination heads for final Senate vote after passing committee

[JURIST] Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Judge Michael Chertoff has been confirmed by the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee [official website], with a vote by the full Senate expected before the end of the week. Chertoff was confirmed by a vote of 14 in favor and one present. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) [official website], the sole senator voting present, said he could not support Chertoff's nomination without more information on a memo by Chertoff [JURIST report] advising the CIA on the use certain torture techniques on detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Read Committee Chairman Susan Collins' statement on the confirmation. The Newark Star-Ledger has more.

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