Senate votes to confirm Associate Attorney General West

Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnRyan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight The Trail 2016: Words matter Ex-Sen. Coburn: I won’t challenge Trump, I’ll vote for him MORE (R-Okla.) was the only senator to oppose West's nomination.

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenior Verizon exec believes hack will affect Yahoo deal GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Top Republican: Senate can't 'stonewall' Clinton Supreme Court nominee MORE (R-Iowa) said ahead of the vote that he’d support West’s nomination, but that he had concerns about the work West did with Tom Perez — now Secretary of Labor — in the Civil Division of the DOJ.

Grassley said West defended a “quid pro quo” deal worked out by Perez that undercut a whistle-blower fighting the city of St. Paul, Minn. Grassley said the deal left the whistle-blower “twisting in the wind.” 

“We need individuals serving in these position who are willing to stand up against those trying to advance a political agenda,” Grassley said. “It doesn’t appear Mr. West stood up to Mr. Perez as he should have. … [However] I’m will to give Mr. West the benefit of the doubt.”

West, who had been serving as acting associate attorney general, waited weeks for Senate Leaders to agree on a time to hold the vote.