WASHINGTON — Senate majority leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he believes Democrats have enough votes to confirm Harvard Law professor David Barron for the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.
Reid’s announcement came as the Obama administration signaled it would not block the release of a memo Barron wrote that provided the legal basis for using drone strikes on Americans abroad. Several senators who were publicly skeptical of Barron’s nomination had cited the administration’s reluctance to release the memo as a key source of their concern over confirming him.
Barron, the husband of Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem, is a Harvard professor who worked in the Department of Justice early in the Obama administration, writing at least one memo regarding drone strikes on Americans abroad.
If confirmed by the Senate, he would get a lifetime appointment to an appeals court with jurisdiction over Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico.
Reid scheduled a key procedural vote on his nomination for Wednesday, setting up final confirmation later in the week.
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