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Graham Dings Cruz Effort to Block Loretta Lynch

Cruz and Graham last week. They disagree on Loretta Lynch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Cruz and Graham last week. They disagree on Loretta Lynch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Lindsey Graham is knocking Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to block Loretta Lynch from becoming attorney general over immigration.  

Graham said Cruz’s proposed blockade would just leave Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in charge.  

“Nobody is going to say that the executive order is illegal that President Obama appoints, so the idea that we would block an attorney general nominee until you’ve gotten somebody to agree with Sen. Cruz about the executive order is probably not feasible,” he said. “It ensures that Eric Holder stays in place for two years. It’s picking a fight that we can’t win.” Graham, like Cruz, is a member of the Judiciary Committee. Both are considering running for the GOP presidential nomination.  

Graham added that the GOP should “pick fights that are good for the country, that are winnable.”  

“I don’t find Loretta Lynch an unqualified person,” he said.  

Cruz last week told CQ Roll Call the fate of Lynch rested with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , noting he could refuse to bring her nomination to the floor.  

On Tuesday he urged his fellow Republicans on the Committee to vote against Lynch.  

“If every Republican on the Judiciary Committee votes ‘no,’ Ms. Lynch’s confirmation will be defeated,” he said. “Likewise, if Republican leadership chooses not to report the nomination to the floor, Ms. Lynch’s nomination will be defeated.”  

Her endorsement of the president’s executive actions on immigration are the main sticking point.  

“If Republicans mean what we say when we oppose the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, then we should use every constitutional check and balance we have,” Cruz said. “One of the most potent checks and balances the Constitution gives the Senate is the power of confirmation.”  

The Senate isn’t expected to act on the nomination until early next month, despite White House pleads that Republicans advance her nomination more quickly.  

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