Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn said Monday the debate over replacing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will "take a lot of oxygen out of the air" for the post-election lame-duck session.
"There's so much ill will already, this would just poison the well even further," the Texas Republican said in an interview with the editorial board of The Dallas Morning News.
"Right now I think [Democrats] are probably making a calculation because there's some things I think they would like to do no matter what happens. We've got some of these tax extender provisions that expired a year ago that are sort of sitting there waiting ... that have bipartisan support," Cornyn said. "There's a lot of nominations, judicial and others, that I think they would like to move through in the lame duck, especially if Republicans win the majority, as I hope we do."