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Democrats Won't Ram Through Obama AG Pick

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 10:00 AM

President Obama is now expected to wait for Republicans to take control of the Senate instead of trying to push through his attorney general nominee in a Democrat-dominated lame-duck session, The Hill reported Tuesday.

Senate aides from both sides of the aisle cited a crowded agenda that includes many issues Democrats want to pass before the end of this session of Congress in December. One key issue is an overhaul of the National Security Agency.

That goal is a priority for Vermont Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee who said the committee would have no time to consider the nomination of Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch if it took up a bill to limit the NSA’s domestic spying activities.

“It seems likely [the Lynch vote] would be in the next Congress. It’s difficult to process an AG that quickly,” a Democrat aide told The Hill.

“Leahy says he wants to do the NSA reform bill before doing anything else in committee so it bottles that up,” the aide added. “Lynch is a very qualified nominee and should be confirmed no matter who is in charge.”

Republicans were preparing to raise strong objections if Obama tried to ram through the nomination to replace the controversial Eric Holder before Republicans take over the Senate in January.

Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah, a member and former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, warned Democrats against trying to consider the nomination before the new Congress convenes.

“Properly considering a nominee to such a significant position as attorney general requires a full and fair process, something that is particularly hard to do in a post-election ‘lame-duck’ session,” Hatch wrote in The Washington Times on Friday.

“No one has been nominated and confirmed to be attorney general in a lame-duck session since before the Civil War.”

Lynch has been confirmed twice as a federal prosecutor with no Republican objections. She is viewed by her supporters as a fair and independent-minded attorney who has no political agenda.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News analyst and strict constitutional constructionist, said Lynch “has a superb reputation as an independent thinker.” He said she would not be an “enabler” for Obama as Holder was.

However, Napolitano said Lynch will need to answer for the politicization of the Justice Department under Holder. He urged Republicans to press Lynch to say whether a president can refuse to uphold laws with which he disagrees, whether he can change immigration laws and whether judges can issue search general search warrants that allow undefined searches of property or homes of criminal suspects.

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