During the first hearing since the Republicans retook control of the Senate, Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch pledged her commitment to working with Congress in a more bipartisan manner than her predecessor. She confirmed the need for a new start, while trying to express her independence from President Barack Obama. She didn’t criticize the administration’s policy, however, which presently allows millions of immigrants to benefit from certain unilateral protections.
Distancing herself from current Attorney General Eric Holder was paramount, as he has faced mounting criticism in recent months. In fact, on multiple occasions, many accuse Holder of being contemptuous of Congress due to his close political ties to the president. Lynch was constantly asked to provide confirmation that her office would not mirror that of her predecessor.
“If confirmed as attorney general, I would be myself. I would be Loretta Lynch,” said the nominee. Her confirmation is expected to be met with little resistance, thanks to the Republican’s eagerness to remove Holder from office.
Most Senators criticize Obama’s current immigration policy, which provides relief and work permits for over 4 million immigrants who are presently not in the country legally, stating that it is “a dangerous abuse of executive authority.” Lynch stood her ground, and although she claims she did not take part in the drafting of the legislation, she did call it “a reasonable way to marshal limited resources to deal with the problem.” She verified that the Department of Homeland Security is currently targeting the most dangerous illegal immigrants and added that she feels citizenship should not be a right for illegal residents, but a privilege that must be earned.
Lynch attempted to underline other issues where her opinions differ from Holder’s, particularly as it relates to the death penalty, which she supports. This sets her apart from her predecessor, whose faith in capital punishment was supposedly shaken in light of recent botched executions.
When asked about other polarizing issues such as recreational marijuana use, the nominee refused to endorse the president’s viewpoint that it is safer than alcohol. “I certainly think that the president was speaking from his personal experience and personal opinion, neither of which I’m able to share,” she said.
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