As little as a week ago, it seemed President Obama’s pick for Attorney General was sailing smoothly to a U.S. Senate confirmation, much to the astonishment of conservatives in the Republican Party, which now controls that chamber. Things have changed a bit in the last few days.
Tim Devaney of The Hill is now reporting that it will be a struggle to find the four votes Loretta Lynch needs in the GOP-controlled Senate to be confirmed. So far, only Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is the only Republican to suggest he supports her nomination. Sen Chuck Grassley (R-IA), now the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he is concerned about the lack of independence Lynch may exert between her department and the White House.
“I think [Attorney General Eric] Holder is running the Justice Department like a wing of the White House,” he is quoted saying in the report. “That’s not right, and I want her to show us that she can be independent.”