A group of several dozen House Republicans has warned the Senate Judiciary Committee not to approve the nomination of Loretta Lynch for U.S. attorney general in a letter, according to a report.
The Hill reports
that 51 House Republicans, led by Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, backed the letter. The group told the committee Lynch would continue the agenda set by departing Attorney General Eric Holder.
The committee is expected to vote on Lynch's nomination Thursday, and if she is approved, the Senate body will hold a final confirmation vote.
"We appreciate Ms. Lynch for her many years of outstanding service to our nation," the letter reads, according to The Hill. "Nonetheless, having observed her nomination hearing testimony, we can only conclude that she has no intention of departing in any meaningful way from the policies of Attorney General Eric Holder, who has politicized the Department of Justice and done considerable harm to the administration of justice."
Members of the GOP have criticized Lynch's nomination to the position, saying she would be another version of Holder. Lynch, the current U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, was nominated in November after Holder announced
he would resign from the office.
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn
, one of Lynch's harshest critics, grilled her last month in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"You're not Eric Holder, are you?" Cornyn asked.
"No, senator," Lynch replied.
In their letter Monday, the House Republicans also raised concerns over President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration and whether Lynch would do anything to stop it.
"Our larger concern is with Ms. Lynch's apparent willingness to stand up to the president and his unconstitutional efforts to circumvent Congress and enlarge the powers of his office," reads the letter, according to The Hill.
In an interview with Newsmax TV on Monday, meanwhile, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
said he's not convinced Lynch would deviate from the policies set by Holder if she becomes the next attorney general.
"Unfortunately, Ms. Lynch, in the entire course of the hearing, refused to acknowledge a single limit on the president's authority under the Constitution," Cruz said. "When I asked her in what way she would differ from Holder, she said [in] no ways whatsoever."
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said earlier this month
he doesn't support Lynch for AG either, saying, "I can't vote for her."
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