In an unprecedented move, more than 50 House Republicans co-sign letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject Loretta Lynch's nomination for Attorney General in their committee
GOP presidential hopefuls also weigh-in against Lynch — Ted Cruz editorial appears in Politico
The Hill is reporting that fifty-one (51) Republican Members of Congress in a unprecedented move have sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing the approval of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States (See “House Republicans urge AG nominee's rejection” by Cristina Marcos, 2/23/15, The Hill [http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/233535-gop-lawmakers-urge-senate-judiciary-to-oppose-lynch-nomination]).
LETTER BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO SENATE COMMITTEEAccording to the letter, “ ...[w]e appreciate Ms. Lynch for her many years of outstanding service to our nation. 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....” The GOP House Members specifically raised concerns about Lynch's compliance with President Obama's executive actions, including shielding certain illegal immigrants from deportation. “Our larger concern is with Ms. Lynch's apparent unwillingness to stand up to the president and his unconstitutional efforts to circumvent Congress and enlarge the powers of his office...."
On the presidential political front, to date, potential GOP presidential nominees Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have openly stated their opposition to the Lynch nomination.
SENATOR TED CRUZ' EDITORIAL IN POLITICOIn a editorial published in Politico magazine, Ted Cruz has called the testimony of the Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch, "breathtaking and brash. He is forcefully urging his colleagues not to approve her to replace Eric Holder, saying that she would "impose no limits on the president whatsoever...." ( See “Stop Loretta Lynch – Republicans must oppose Loretta Lynch—or lose all credibility on lawlessness” by Sen. Ted Cruz, 2/24/15, Politico [http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/02/loretta-lynch-115438.html#ixzz3Sfm4lASC]); see also “Sen. Ted Cruz: Loretta Lynch 'Will Impose No Limits' on Obama” by Andrea Billups, 2/24/15, Newsmax [http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Ted-Cruz-Senate-Loretta-Lynch-attorney-general/2015/02/24/id/626543/]).
Cruz, who is furious over answers Lynch gave at her confirmation hearing in response to questions about President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration as well as other legal issues, gave these two pathways for Republican Senators to reject her: "First, if every Senate Republican on the Judiciary Committee votes no, the nominee will be rejected. [However Newsmax notes thats, to date, two Republicans have said publicly they will vote yes, and a third has strongly suggested he will as well," the Texas Republican wrote]; Second, regardless of where the committee votes might be, Republican Leadership could simply decide not to report the nomination to the floor. If Leadership did so, the nomination would be rejected — and there is no procedural mechanism for Democrats to change the outcome...".