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Sullivan Faces Confirmation

Boston's U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan faces Senate confirmation hearings today, to become the next head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

For the past year, Sullivan has served as both the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts and as acting director of the ATF. He has been commuting between Boston and Washington D.C. to do both jobs.

A former state representative and district attorney from Plymouth county, Sullivan led the prosecution of would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid, when the international flight carrying Reid was diverted to Boston.

If confirmed, Sullivan's appointment would create a vacancy at the U.S. attorney's office. Two of his top lieutenants are said to be in the running for Sullivan's current position.

This program aired on September 26, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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