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Rep. Mike Lee: Loretta Lynch Will be Voted on 'Soon'

By    |   Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:11 PM

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch will face a Senate confirmation vote "soon" Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said Sunday on "Meet the Press"

That vote should take place "within the next few weeks," Lee said.

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Republicans have held up Lynch's nomination since taking control of the Senate in January despite their distaste of current Attorney General Eric Holder, whom she would replace.

President Barack Obama nominated Lynch shortly after the November midterm elections, but Democrats held off on confirmation as well, even though they still held the majority at the time.

Republicans have been using the Lynch vote as a bargaining chip to pass a human trafficking bill that contains anti-abortion language opposed by Democrats.

But on Sunday, Lee said Lynch also raised concerns during her testimony before the Judiciary Committee in which she refused to acknowledge there are limits on prosecutorial discretion.

"Limits that must be taken into account, for example, when you have a president effectively undoing a huge swath of federal law," said Lee, referring to Obama's executive actions on immigration that would grant legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.

Lee acknowledged that Lynch had nothing to do with Obama's executive action, but added that it is the Senate's role to vet people who will be advising the president on legal matters.

"I'm certain that she's going to get a vote," Lee told host Chuck Todd. "I'm not sure exactly what the timing of that's going to be, but it's going to happen."

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