Chertoff nomination vote delayed as senators await interrogation memo Chris Buell at 11:03 AM ET
[JURIST] The US Senate is not expected to vote on the nomination of Judge Michael Chertoff [nomination history; 2002 DOJ resume] as Secretary of Homeland Security until some time next week as several senators have requested access to an uncensored copy of a memo Chertoff wrote on interrogation techniques while at the Justice Department. Senators Joseph Lieberman and Carl Levin both sought the full version to gain more information on Chertoff's role in advising [JURIST report] on certain interrogation tactics used at Guantanamo Bay, but the Justice Department has refused to release the memo, claiming it is solely comprised of messages from the FBI and was neither sent by or addressed to Chertoff. Chertoff's nomination was approved Monday [JURIST report] by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Although the floor vote on confirmation has been delayed, Chertoff is still expected to be confirmed. Congress Daily has more.
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