Sen. Chris Murphy Wants to Confirm Loretta Lynch Before January

Republicans have called for Congress to wait to confirm the president’s nominee, Loretta Lynch, until the session of Congress begins.

President Obama looks on as his nominee for U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, speaks at the White House on Nov. 8.
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Nov. 9, 2014, 5:53 a.m.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., wants to con­firm Lor­etta Lynch, Pres­id­ent Obama’s nom­in­ee for at­tor­ney gen­er­al, be­fore Janu­ary, when Re­pub­lic­ans will re­take con­trol of the Sen­ate.

“I’ve not spoken to Sen­at­or [Harry] Re­id about his in­ten­tions, but I would like to see us move for­ward,” Murphy said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Uni­on. “I think this is an im­port­ant post and I think we should have some­body on the ground soon­er than later.”

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Demo­crats should wait to con­firm Lynch un­til the new class of elec­ted of­fi­cials ar­rives in Wash­ing­ton. “I think it would be in the best in­terest of the coun­try and the Con­gress to wait and do this next year un­der reg­u­lar or­der,” he said.

Thune noted that it’s un­likely that the post of at­tor­ney gen­er­al will be left va­cant if Lynch is not con­firmed be­fore Janu­ary. “Eric Hold­er said he’s not go­ing any­where soon, so it’s not like the po­s­i­tion isn’t go­ing to be filled,” Thune said.

He said Demo­crats should fo­cus on oth­er pri­or­it­ies in the mean­time, like passing ne­ces­sary fund­ing bills and pre­vent­ing tax in­creases. But it’s un­likely that Demo­crats will move to de­crease taxes while they still have a ma­jor­ity in the Sen­ate.

“It’s an im­port­ant po­s­i­tion and one that needs to be filled, and we will give the pres­id­ent’s nom­in­ee every con­sid­er­a­tion,” Thune said. “But we’d like to do that next year when the new Con­gress is seated.”

Cor­rec­tion: An earli­er ver­sion of this story re­ferred to Chris Murphy as a sen­at­or from New York. He is from Con­necti­c­ut.

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