Lynch confirmed as A-G over opposition of Isakson, Perdue

[private]Loretta Lynch was confirmed as the nation’s attorney general Thursday despite opposition from Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, along with most of their Republican colleagues.

Lynch was nominated last fall to replace Eric Holder as the head of the Justice Department, but she had to wait more than 150 days for a confirmation vote because of a squabble between Senate Republicans and Democrats.

The Senate vote was 56-43 as Republicans Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, Thad Cochran, Susan Collins, Mark Kirk, Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, and Rob Portman voted with the Democrats for Lynch’s confirmation.

Isakson and Perdue had announced earlier they would not vote for Lynch, who becomes the first black woman to hold the U.S. Attorney’s post.

“I was unable to vote in favor of Ms. Lynch’s nomination because of her support for President Obama’s unlawful and unconstitutional executive amnesty,” Perdue said in a statement released after the vote.

“The president’s actions exceed his authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion and undermine the rule of law,” Perdue said. “I could not vote for an Attorney General nominee who supports those actions and would be responsible for their implementation at the Justice Department.”

With Lynch’s confirmation secured, the Senate is expected soon to approve Sally Q. Yates, the former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, as the number two ranking official in the Justice Department.

“Sally Yates is an exceptionally skilled attorney with a strong record of public service and is well-qualified to be promoted to deputy attorney general, from the ‘acting deputy’ role in which she is currently serving,” Isakson said.

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