WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee, lacking the votes for a favorable recommendation, voted 17 to 0 today to postpone action on the nomination of William Bradford Reynolds as associate attorney general.
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), a strong supporter of Reynolds, who had been accused of misleading the panel during hearings, moved to report the nomination to the floor without a recommendation. But Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) countered with the successful motion to postpone the vote for a week.
At the White House, spokesman Larry Speakes said President Reagan has no plans to withdraw the Reynolds nomination.
The Republicans, who control the committee 10 to 8, lost their advantage when Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said he would not vote for a favorable recommendation of Reynolds but would support a motion to report the nomination without a recommendation.
Specter said he was "very much concerned" with Reynolds' sworn testimony before the committee, which Specter said was misleading.
He specifically cited several examples where Reynolds did not testify completely about his position in several legal cases involving the civil rights division he headed.