Bill Lan Lee Appointed

—NPR's Nina Totenberg reports on President Clinton's decision to bypass the Senate and make Bill Lann Lee the Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Lee's appointment is considered temporary and does not require Senate confirmation, even though it could last the entire three years the President remains in office. Senate Republicans had effectively blocked Lee's confirmation and had all but killed the nomination. Publicly, they are expressing anger over the temporary appointment. Privately, they seem relieved to avoid a public confrontation when Congress reconvenes.



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