The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voted Tuesday to send Harold Hongju Koh’s nomination as legal adviser to the Department of State to the full Senate. But in a reflection of the recent debate of Koh’s nomination, the vote was split 12-to-5, almost exactly along party lines.
Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the senior Republican on the committee, was the only GOP member to vote with the Democrats in favor of Koh’s nomination.
As we reported last week, the Foreign Relations Committee originally scheduled a vote on Koh’s nomination last Tuesday, but Sen. Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, delayed the vote until this week. The full Senate has yet to schedule a date to vote on Koh’s nomination.