Obama’s Attorney General Nominee: Argument For Executive Amnesty Seems ‘Reasonable’

Loretta Lynch is sworn in for testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jan. 28, 2015.
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President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General dodged important questions about the president’s executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, but indicated that the legal argument was “reasonable.”

During a Senate Judiciary Hearing this morning, nominee Loretta Lynch explained that she was “not involved” in the administration’s decision on Obama’s executive decision and therefore was unable to “comment on the particulars.”

She indicated that she has had the opportunity to review the president’s decision prior to the hearing as well as the arguments surrounding the case.

“Certainly it seems to be a reasonable discussion of legal precedent,” she said, adding, “I don’t see any reason to doubt the reasonableness of those views.”

Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) indicated that Obama had exceeded his legal boundaries by unilaterally granting amnesty for millions.

Citing her prosecutorial experience, Lynch explained that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to focus only on deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records “seem to be a reasonable way to marshal limited resources to deal with the problem.”


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