04.23.15

Senator Perdue Opposes Loretta Lynch’s Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) voted in opposition to Loretta Lynch’s nomination to become the next Attorney General of the United States:

“Today, I voted against the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General. As I have explained previously, I do not take issue with the majority of Ms. Lynch’s record as a federal prosecutor, however, her aggressive use of civil asset forfeiture against law-abiding citizens and her failure to stand up to a liberal activist judge in the Francois Holloway case do give me pause. 

“Instead, I was unable to vote in favor of Ms. Lynch’s nomination because of her support for President Obama’s unlawful and unconstitutional executive amnesty. The President’s actions exceed his authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion, and undermine the rule of law. I could not vote for an Attorney General nominee who supports those actions and would be responsible for their implementation at the Justice Department.

“In leading the Justice Department, the Attorney General must always maintain an independent and nonpartisan stance. If the President exceeds his Constitutional authority, the Attorney General must stand up to the President, something that happened rarely, if ever, during the highly politicized tenure of Attorney General Eric Holder.

“I remain unconvinced that Ms. Lynch will be able to provide the kind of independent, nonpartisan leadership that has been conspicuously absent at the Justice Department during this administration, and I could not support her nomination.”