Sen. David Vitter said on Wednesday that he would oppose confirmation of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as attorney general until she opposes President Barack Obama's executive orders to defer deportations of and grant work permits to as many as 6 million illegal immigrants.
"If you believe that President Obama’s actions are illegal or unconstitutional through executive amnesty, then you need to oppose his attorney general nomination," the Louisiana Republican said on the Senate floor. "The attorney general is one of the lynchpins to Obama’s amnesty plan, and Congress has a responsibility to stop it."
Vitter, the chairman of the Senate Border Security Caucus, is the first Republican to announce his opposition to Lynch's nomination.
Last month, Obama put forth Lynch, 55, as a candidate to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, who is resigning after six stormy years in office. She faces confirmation hearings next month when the Republicans control both congressional chambers.
But Lynch is supported by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch,
the upper chamber's longest-serving GOP member, who is a leading member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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