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Schumer Expects Loretta Lynch Confirmation Will Be Delayed

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Senate Democrats won't likely step on the gas to ensure the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obama's attorney general pick, according to No. 3 Democrat Charles E. Schumer.  

"I think the likelihood is that [the Lynch nomination] will not be in the lame duck," the New York Democrat told reporters Wednesday morning. "I think our Republican colleagues don't want it during the lame duck and I think we are going to accede to that request."  

If Democrats don't confirm her nomination before Republicans take over the chamber on Jan. 3, her nomination will rest in GOP hands. President Barack Obama's plans for expansive immigration action before the end of the year could endanger Lynch's confirmation under that scenario. But Schumer, who is leading the charge for Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said he's willing to delay the pick because he is confident she will be confirmed.  

"Because I think she's going to get support," he said when asked about the delay. "[If] we know she is going to get support, why poison the well? I have such confidence in her I think when they get to know her and see her they will support her."  

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