CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York LORETTA LYNCH, who on yesterday was confirmed by the UNITED STATES SENATE to be the next ATTORNEY GENERAL For The UNITED STATES Of AMERICA!!!
NEW YORK TIMES reports LORETTA LYNCH was confirmed 56 to 43, with 10 Republicans voting for her.
Her confirmation took longer than that for all but two other nominees for the office: Edwin Meese III, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, and A. Mitchell Palmer, who was picked by President Woodrow Wilson, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Republicans have found themselves in a quandary for months. They longed to replace Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., and they agreed that Ms. Lynch was qualified for the job. But they opposed her because Ms. Lynch defended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
Majority Leader Sen. MITCH McCONNELL (R: KY) had held up the nomination until the Senate voted on a human trafficking bill, a process that dragged on for weeks.
The measure passed on Wednesday by a vote of 99 to 0.
And some Republicans continued to strongly oppose Ms. Lynch.
Sen. JEFF SESSIONS (R: AL) said;
“We do not have to confirm someone to the highest law enforcement position in America if that someone has committed to denigrating Congress.. We don’t need to be apologetic about it, colleagues.”
Some conservative groups had called on Senate Republicans to block a vote on Ms. Lynch altogether because of her stance on the president’s immigration policies. Many Senate Republicans feared the party would face serious political repercussions if it blocked an African-American woman with strong credentials and enthusiastic support from many in law enforcement.
Opponents still forced a procedural vote before her final confirmation, an unusual requirement for such a high position. The nomination moved along easily, by a vote of 66 to 34.
Sen. PATRICK J. LEAHY (D: VT) said;
“She is a historic nominee, but also Senate Republicans are making history. And I would say for the wrong reasons. I can only hope that Senate Republicans will show her more respect as the attorney general of the United States than they did as a nominee. She has earned this respect. Her story is one of perseverance, of grace and grit.”
The vote also served as a lens on the 2016 elections.
2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Sen. TED CRUZ (R: TX) said;
“The Republican majority if it so chose could defeat this confirmation.”Sen. CRUZ called her LAWLESS.
Sen. CLAIRE McCASKILL (D:MO) said;
“This should be a happy day for America.“
Sen. KELLY AYOTTE (R: NH) said;
“Ms. Lynch is a well-respected U.S. attorney with a proven record and significant experience handling difficult cases. After meeting with her and reviewing her qualifications, I believe she is clearly qualified and has the necessary experience to serve as Attorney General.”
Sen. ROB PORTMAN (R:OH) gave LORETTA LYNCH a thumbs-up.