GOP to hold up attorney general nomination

It has been four months since Loretta Lynch was nominated by President Obama to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, and it looks like Lynch, and the country, are going to have to wait a while longer before the Republicans rule on her future.

“We have to finish the human trafficking bill, the Loretta Lynch nomination comes next,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky.) in an interview with CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.

The Democrats withdrew their support for the anti-human trafficking bill after they accused Republicans of trying to sneak anti-abortion language into the bill.

This latest delay in Lynch’s nomination process comes after she was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 26.

Lynch’s nomination process, since it began this past November, has been first delayed by the lame-duck Democrats, then delayed again by the Republicans who wanted to scrutinize her stance on immigration in light of President Obama’s executive orders on the matter.

With the latest delay, it has been 129 days and counting since Lynch was nominated as the future head of the Department of Justice.

‘For months and months, Republicans have failed to move forward with her nomination using any excuse they can, except for any credible objection to her nomination itself,’ said Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont said that the Republicans are trying to “make history for all the wrong reasons.”

If her nomination is confirmed, Loretta Lynch will be the first African-American, female attorney general in U.S. history.

[Washington Post] [CNN] [Politico] [Photo cred. NBC News]