The White House on Monday accused Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of playing politics with the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general and called the Senate delay in approving her “unconscionable.”
“She is someone who has distinguished herself as a tough and independent lawyer,” Earnest said. “… There’s no single legitimate question that has been raised about her aptitude for this job. Instead what we’ve seen is a bunch of political obstructionism.”
Lynch, Earnest pointed out, successfully prosecuted terrorists who targeted the New York subway system, brought charges against public officials in both parties and jailed some of New York’s most violent mobsters and gang members.
McConnell on Sunday said Lynch’s confirmation would not go forward until Congress works out a partisan impasse over a human trafficking bill.
“It’s not a threat,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We need to finish this human trafficking bill that came out of the Judiciary Committee unanimously … because the next week we’ll be doing the budget and the next two weeks after that congress is not in session.”