loretta lynch

Immigration Threatens Loretta Lynch's Confirmation

Lee and Cruz want to delay the Lynch nomination until next year — when Republicans would have the power to scuttle her nomination if Obama goes ahead with his plans for an immigration amnesty plan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Top Republicans want Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general delayed until they are in charge of the Senate — and they are insisting she divulge whether she supports the president's plan to act without Congress on a major immigration amnesty.  

Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky issued a Friday statement saying her nomination should be considered "in the new Congress," and on Saturday, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah also pushed for a delay.  Cruz and Lee issued a joint statement highlighting their demand Lynch divulge her thoughts on whether an executive amnesty would be constitutional.