Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will oppose the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. Attorney General. In a statement announcing his dissent, Sessions cited Lynch’s defense of the president’s executive action on immigration as a primary concern.
“Unfortunately, when asked today whether she found the President’s actions to be ‘legal and constitutional,’ Ms. Lynch said that she did,” the senior Senate Judiciary Committee member said. “I therefore am unable to support her nomination. My concerns are furthered by Ms. Lynch’s unambiguous declaration that ‘the right and the obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here.’”
Sessions is not alone in his outspoken resistance to Lynch’s nomination, as Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R) announced his opposition in advance of the confirmation hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. (Read more.)