Obama Attorney General Nominee: Executive Amnesty ‘Well-Reasoned’

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President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as attorney general is supportive of Obama’s executive amnesty.

According to a Politico report, Loretta Lynch, who is a U.S. attorney in New York, told Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) during a recent meeting that Obama’s executive amnesty was “well-reasoned,” agreeing with the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel.

After meeting with Lynch, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) also said Lynch “supports the president’s executive order, as do I,” according to Politico. 

Conservative Senators are expected to grill Lynch, who could become the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, early next year during her confirmation hearing on Obama’s executive amnesty, which many consider to have been lawless and an “unprecedented” overreach of executive authority.

When Obama announced Lynch’s nomination, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) said Lynch “deserves fair and full consideration of the United States Senate,” but noted that since the “Attorney General is the President’s chief law enforcement officer,” Lynch “must demonstrate full and complete commitment to the law.”

“Loretta Lynch deserves the opportunity to demonstrate those qualities, beginning with a statement whether or not she believes the President’s executive amnesty plans are constitutional and legal,” the Senators said in a joint statement.

The Senate recently confirmed Sarah Saldana, who also said she was supportive of Obama’s executive amnesty and would implement it, to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency tasked with enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.