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Burr won't hold up Walker nomination

While Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan says she is unsure whether she'll hold up the confirmation of a new U.S. attorney for North Carolina's eastern district, Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has no plans to hold up the process.

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Charlotte lawyer Thomas Walker to replace U.S. Attorney George Holding.

Burr plans to sign the "blue slip" form on Walker for the Senate Judiciary Committee in order to move ahead with the process, said his spokesman, David Ward.

Walker is a lawyer for the Charlotte office of Alston & Bird, the same firm that in Washington employs former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, the husband of former Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina.

Holding is in the midst of investigations into two prominent North Carolina Democrats, former Gov. Mike Easley and two-time presidential hopeful John Edwards.

Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, recommended Walker to the White House, but she also wants Holding to be able to finish his investigations.

She said this week she had not considered whether to delay returning her blue slip, which would have the effect of holding up Walker's confirmation.


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