Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani believes Loretta Lynch is “an extraordinary appointment” for U.S. attorney general and urged Senate Republicans to stop stalling her confirmation.
“The confirmation process has been really tremendously distorted. … It’s become Republicans torture Democrats, Democrats torture Republicans. Who started it, God knows,” Mr. Giuliani said Friday during a call with reporters, The Huffington Post reported.
“But as a Republican and looking at the Constitution, I find Loretta Lynch not only to be an acceptable appointment, but I find her to be an extraordinary appointment,” he said.
The former mayor called for Republicans to put politics aside and confirm Ms. Lynch, whom President Obama nominated Nov. 8 to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.
“As you all know, I am a Republican,” Mr. Giuliani said, The Hill reported. “I don’t always agree with the president, but this goes beyond agreement with the president or disagreement with the president.
“Whether the president is a Republican or a Democrat, the president is entitled to his choice” for attorney general, he added.
Ms. Lynch has been waiting for a confirmation vote for more than three months now, with some Democrats claiming bigotry is to blame. Majority leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, has said he will wait to hold the vote until the Senate passes an unrelated human-trafficking bill, which Democrats have opposed over an anti-abortion provision.