Before vote, some senators knew of testimony error by TSA nominee

The White House rushed to defend Erroll Southers, who is under fire for providing inconsistent statements to Congress about inappropriately accessing confidential criminal records 20 years ago about his then-estranged wife’s new boyfriend. Democratic senators, meanwhile, intensified pressure to confirm Southers soon after Congress returns from its winter recess, saying it is critical that permanent leadership is installed at the TSA in the aftermath of the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a US airliner.
Still, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who earlier delayed Southers’s nomination over a labor union issue, on Friday became the first senator to oppose the nominee, saying, "If he can’t tell the truth, then he’s not qualified and should not be confirmed."

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