Republicans Warming Up to Lynch
The nominee, Loretta Lynch has met with several senators from the Republican party privately over the past few weeks.
She has earned the support of some prior to what will likely be a contentious group of hearings for her nominations early in 2015.
While Republicans are vowing to use her nomination process to take Obama on over his immigration executive action, Lynch’s early success has suggested that what was expected to be an ugly fight might not tank the prospects of her becoming the next chief law enforcement officials in the country.
John McCain a Republican senator from Arizona said he wanted to see what took place during the hearings but was supportive.
McCain along with Senators Jeff Flake a Republican from Arizona and Deb Fischer a Republican from Nebraska, all said that after the interviews they have had with Lynch privately that they would be inclined to vote for her nomination.
Fischer said she would say yes, unless there was something that arose during her hearings.
The early support from the Republicans, whose support Lynch would need to win next year’s confirmation, is crucial as she attempts to court the senators to win backing to lead the Department of Justice and oversee the sweeping mandate from financial crimes to terrorism, civil rights issues and drug prosecutions.
Lynch would become the first attorney general who was black and a female, if the senate confirmed her.
In particular, the Republicans are awaiting eagerly the chance to question Lynch on the executive actions of Obama on the issue of immigration from November, which protects over 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported and granting them permits to work.
Republicans in the Senate plan to make the views of Lynch on the executive power reaches particularly as it relates to that of immigration, a critical flashpoint for her confirmation hearings.
Democrats in the Senate argue that the views of Lynch on the executive action and the anger of Republicans over the unilateral moves by Obama should not sink her confirmation.