Mar 17, 2015

GOP Refusal to Hold Vote on Attorney General Is Unconscionable

It's been almost four months since President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch as nominee for the U.S. Attorney General and Senate Republicans still refuse to hold a vote.

Lynch was approved on a 12-8 vote on February 26 by the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. (McClatchy News)

Her qualifications are stellar, having overcome racism and segregation in North Carolina to work her way through Harvard University, and then graduate from Harvard Law School.

From The Rachel Maddow Show:
But Lynch is black, and Senate Republicans are the same obstructive, can't-shoot-straight gang they've been for the last 30 years, and refuse to hold a simple up-or-down vote.

I have heard one knock against Lynch. She is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (1999-2001 and 2010-present) and Lynch has refused to correct an injustice in the matter of the wrongful prosecution and conviction in 2009 against Bradley Stinn, an innocent man targeted by overzealous prosecutors for whom convictions matter period. (Powell, New York Observer)

Ms. Lynch has the power to impose integrity onto her office, and correct an injustice made before she assumed her office. She has refused. Lynch is protecting an old conviction and is unmindful of justice, contradicting her testimony before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary that she would do no such thing as attorney general.

This issue is fair game, and Lynch should be made to account for her lack of public integrity and simple decency in keeping an innocent man from his family.

But Senate Republicans don't care about Bradley Stinn (U.S. DoJ). Mr. Stinn has never been mentioned by one U.S. senator to their shame in the get-a-conviction-any-conviction American prosecutors' state.

Police have a license to kill, and prosecutors have a license to lie. A nominee to the office of Attorney General should answer to this reality.

Republicans should hold an up-or-down vote, and if they want to vote against Loretta Lynch, that is their job, not obstruction of a vote.

Republicans being Republicans can't shoot straight. And Americans tune out of the grand experiment known as American democracy as the Koch brothers and billionaires look to take over. Of course this is the GOP objective all along.

From the Lawrence O'Donnell Show:

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