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McCain to Obama: Wait Till January on New Attorney General

By    |   Monday, 10 November 2014 06:42 PM

President Barack Obama should wait until the new Republican-controlled Senate takes over in January before asking for approval of his choice for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, Sen. John McCain told Newsmax TV on Monday.

"Why not wait until you have a new Senate where we can look at this with some time to examine," McCain, an Arizona Republican, said on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

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"It's one of the most important positions there is, and I would imagine from my first glance at her credentials that she would get approved by the Senate. This is a very outstanding young woman from everything that I can tell."

Obama introduced Lynch on Saturday as an accomplished prosecutor from New York City who will carry on a "fierce commitment to equal justice."

Obama said at a White House ceremony that it's "pretty hard to be more qualified" for the job of attorney general than Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch."

Lynch, 55, would be the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general and would replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

But McCain — author, with Mark Salter, of the new book "Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War," published by Simon & Schuster — says there should be no rush.
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"Elections have consequences, and therefore you give his nominees the benefit of the doubt," McCain said.

"Doesn't mean you're rubber-stamped — I voted in favor of some of his nominees who I would never have submitted to the Senate, but that's our job, to advise and consent."

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