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From New Committee Seat, David Vitter Seeks to Stop AG Nomination

Vitter is seeking to stop Obama's attorney general nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the new Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee says next year's Senate should block President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee.  

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter is trying to stop the nomination of Loretta Lynch, the current U.S. Attorney based in Brooklyn, over Obama's recent executive action on immigration. "I'm looking forward to providing a check on President Obama's illegal executive amnesty. Working to secure our borders and prevent the executive amnesty from going through will all be among my top priorities," Vitter said. "We'll have the opportunity to push back on executive amnesty with one of our first major battles: the Attorney General nomination. The attorney general is one of the linchpins to Obama's amnesty plan, and I'll be working to get the new Congress to block this nomination."  

Vitter is joining the Judiciary Committee for the 114th Congress along with freshman Republicans David Perdue of Georgia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Senate Republicans announced their new committee assignments Monday afternoon.  

Blocking the Lynch nomination would effectively keep current Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., in place. Holder, who announced his intention to resign back in September, has said he would wait for a successor to be confirmed before he departs.  

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