Loretta Lynch will set off the first major confirmation battle of the new GOP-led Senate when she goes before the Judiciary Committee this week. But the attorney general nominee also presents Republicans with a challenge — finding a way to express their ire at the Obama administration without going too far.
The 55-year-old federal prosecutor will face many potential minefields when she goes before the committee on Wednesday, with senators set to grill her on issues like immigration, terrorism, war, marijuana laws and the limits of executive power.
But she’s also a polished, experienced lawyer who would be the nation’s first black female attorney general. Top Republicans concede she’s likely to be confirmed — unless she messes up. (Read more).