‘I will be Loretta Lynch’
By Politico | January 28, 2022 5:30 pm

Loretta Lynch pledged a fresh start with Congress on Wednesday, as President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general fired off answers on issues like immigration and terrorism while Republicans repeatedly sought to tie her to current Attorney General Eric Holder.

Multiple GOP senators used Lynch’s confirmation hearing to press her on Obama’s executive actions on immigration, although she said little beyond calling the administration’s legal rationale for the actions “reasonable.” Her refusal to weigh in much further visibly frustrated some Republicans, who have been the biggest critics of the president’s efforts to stop deportations for nearly 5 million immigrants who are here illegally.

“I don’t see any reason to doubt the reasonableness of those views,” Lynch told the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying she sees the executive actions as legal while stressing that she was not involved in making decisions regarding Obama’s moves. The U.S. attorney also defended prosecutorial discretion and said law enforcement officials should be able to set priorities for using their limited resources when carrying out immigration enforcement.

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