Saturday, May 2, 2015

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis clears the air on Loretta Lynch nomination and confirmation


TILLIS DETAILS THOUGHT PROCESS ON LORETTA LYNCH VOTEI could not vote to confirm a nominee who will not make a firm and explicit commitment to reverse the partisan politicization that presently exists at the Department of Justice.  

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Responding to concerns about his votes on the nomination and confirmation of Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina sent the following letter to select media and others on Friday, May 1, 2015



Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts concerning the nomination and confirmation of Loretta Lynch as United States Attorney General.   I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

I have immense respect for Loretta Lynch both personally and professionally. However, in light of the testimony at her confirmation hearing and her subsequent refusal to provide straightforward answers to written questions from myself and other Senators, it appears that she would represent little, if any, tangible policy or management difference from previous Attorney General Eric Holder.  I could not vote to confirm a nominee who will not make a firm and explicit commitment to reverse the partisan politicization that presently exists at the Department of Justice.  

Ms. Lynch also made it clear she supports President Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants on a wholesale basis without Congressional approval.  The President himself previously and frequently stated he lacked the constitutional authority to unilaterally implement such changes to immigration law and that Congress would need to pass it first.  In addition, Ms. Lynch has repeatedly sidestepped questions about prosecutorial misconduct at the Department of Justice.

For these reasons, I voted against Ms. Lynch’s confirmation.  I did, however, vote to bring the vote before the Senate.  Even though I ultimately did not support her nomination, I believed it was appropriate and fair that she receive a full vote in the Senate.

I stand ready to work with her on key areas of agreement, and I hope she will prove my concerns unfounded by rebuilding the Department of Justice’s fractured relationship with Congress, putting an end to the costly and politically motivated ligation against North Carolina and other states that have enacted voter identification laws, and most importantly, restore the Department’s mandate for legal integrity that is removed from politics.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me.  It is important to hear from citizens concerning issues that affect the state and the nation.  Please do not hesitate to contact me again about other important issues.  



Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
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