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Week In Politics: Attorney General Nomination Held Up

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch testifies during a confirmation hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee January 28, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch testifies during a confirmation hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee January 28, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It’s been more than four months since President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch for Attorney General, and she’s faced numerous hurdles as she tries to gain Congressional confirmation.

First, she  had to wait through the end of the lame duck Congress, then she drew Republican’s ire for showing open support for President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would not confirm her cabinet position until after it manages to pass a human trafficking bill — which is held up over an abortion amendment.

NPR politics editor Domenico Montanaro tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that if confirmed, Lynch would be the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General. But the longer the process extends, the more controversial her nomination becomes.

Guest

  • Domenico Montanaro, politics editor at NPR. He tweets @domenicoNPR.

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