Nominations were confirmed by voice vote.
Cotton gave a floor speech and explained his reasons for raising reservations after Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown asked Ohio to put forward the nominations.
Cotton reiterated that he wanted answers from the Justice Department about four US deputy guards that he said the Justice Department had refused to defend in court. This issue has received a lot of attention in the conservative media.
But Cotton said Republicans are committed to overseeing the matter in the next Congress if it does not happen during this session, and ultimately he said he would not object to the nominations, clearing the way for them to move forward.
“The facts will come out one way or another,” Cotton said. “If it doesn’t happen this year, it will happen next year.”
“Now that I am confident that the district will receive the oversight it deserves in this matter, I will no longer object to these candidates,” Cotton said. And I will withdraw my objection to the confirmation of my nominees today.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer celebrated the result.
“It is good that our fellow Republicans have finally stopped their untenable handicap against qualified US attorneys and marshals. These candidates are important to keeping our communities safe and secure, and should never have been stopped for influence in partisan games,” the Democrat said in a statement.
“After months of waiting, communities in Georgia, Ohio, Nevada, Minnesota, New Hampshire and other states finally got the security they needed through certified US attorneys. So I’m very happy that this… finally, it happened,” Schumer said. It’s been so long, but it’s over now.