Obama Slams Republicans For Delaying Loretta Lynch's Confirmation

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

President Barack Obama slammed the GOP for delaying the confirmation of U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. 

Lynch has been waiting for her hearing for five months. 

"Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed. Put her in place. Let her do her job. This is embarrassing, a process like this," Obama said during a press conference, according to The Huffington Post.

Lynch’s confirmation has been tied to an unrelated sex trafficking bill that has been stopped in the legislature by political gridlock over an abortion provision, CNN reported. Although Lynch is widely considered qualified for the position, what should have been a quick confirmation for Lynch, who is the current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has become sluggish. 

"We have this crazy situation where a woman who everybody agrees is qualified, who has gone after terrorists, who has worked with police officers to get gangs off the streets, who is trusted by the civil rights community and by police unions … has now been sitting here longer than the previous seven attorney general nominees combined," Obama said. 

"What are we doing here? I have to say, there are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it. It's gone too far. Enough. Enough.”

Majority leader Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he plans to move the trafficking bill next week and, if it passes, Lynch’s vote could happen. 

Democrats have echoed Obama’s feelings. Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada warned that if Loretta Lynch’s vote doesn’t happen soon, he’ll use procedural measures to force a vote.

Sources: CNN, The Huffington Post Image via United States Mission Geneva/Flickr