Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General of the United States. Lynch was confirmed by the Senate today by a vote of 56 to 43.
“I could not, in good conscience, vote for an Attorney General nominee who believes the president’s executive overreach that recently granted amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants was lawful,” Inhofe said. “Furthermore, during her hearing confirmation, Lynch was unable to identify limits to the president’s perceived power to not enforce laws he doesn’t like against those who break them. If the nominee for Attorney General can’t identify limits to the president’s ability to waive the law for a whole class of individuals, then the nominee cannot be trusted to fulfill the oath of office, which says she will ‘faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which [she is] about to enter.’ The importance of the office of the Attorney General — the chief law enforcement office of the United States — cannot be overstated.”