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No recess appointment for Dawn Johnsen

Professor Dawn Johnsen

Professor Dawn Johnsen

Roll Call reports:

President Barack Obama has no plans to use a recess appointment to install Dawn Johnsen as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Council, according to a White House official.

Johnsen, an Indiana University law professor, has drawn opposition from conservatives over her positions on abortion and the war on terror.

Johnsen’s nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote on March 20 following a contentious hearing on Feb. 25.

The White House does not expect the Senate to act soon on Johnsen’s nomination, and it appears she could remain in limbo into the fall.

This is most unfortunate. Even as the Administration is attempting to address critical issues regarding presidential authority and detainee policy, this key position in Justice remains unfilled.

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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