Ted Cruz and Mike Lee: Obama’s next Attorney General must denounce Executive amnesty

Ted Cruz and Mike Lee: Obama’s next Attorney General must denounce Executive amnesty

tdcrz-mklObama has nominated Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, and she will face a tough confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate. Several Senate Republicans have said they are going to make her confirmation contingent on whether she opposes Obama’s proposed Executive amnesty. 

According to Breitbart News,

It remains to be seen where Lynch will come down on Obama’s planned executive amnesty, but it would be difficult for her to oppose the president who just nominated her to lead the U.S. Department of Justice.

It also remains to be seen whether the outgoing Senate Democrat majority will attempt to confirm Lynch during the lame duck session in December or if the Senate will wait until the GOP majority is seated next Congress in early January. Holder plans to stay on until his successor is confirmed.

If the incoming Republican-controlled Senate handles the confirmation process, it is highly likely that a precondition for Lynch’s confirmation will be express opposition to Obama’s planned executive immigration action—especially because several senior Republicans have already drawn the battle lines around this fight with that condition.

Cruz, Lee, incoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, each said before the election that Obama’s choice to replace Holder must denounce Obama’s planned executive amnesty.

McConnell said that it should be a “condition” of the nominee’s confirmation that they oppose executive amnesty.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also backs this condition. Considering the diverse range of Republican Senators who are going to stand firm on this, it could easily derail Lynch’s nomination if the hearings take place after the Republicans take power.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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