On Thursday, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) announced that he would vote against the nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general based on her statement that she supported President Obama’s executive amnesty.
“Unfortunately, when asked today whether she found the President’s actions to be ‘legal and constitutional,’ Ms. Lynch said that she did. I therefore am unable to support her nomination. My concerns are furthered by Ms. Lynch’s unambiguous declaration that ‘the right and the obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here.”
Unfortunately, many other Republicans did not share Sessions’ sentiments, tossing softball questions at Lynch throughout her confirmation hearing. Nonetheless, Lynch demurred from answering over and over again, abiding by the new rule that nominees must avoid giving honest answers lest they be held accountable for those answers.
……The dodges didn’t stop there. When asked about Obama’s executive amnesty, she deferred on every major legal question. She said that Obama’s amnesty was not in fact “permanent status,” even though Obama says he will not deport any of those who fall within his criteria. She added that she would not say if such illegal immigrants could sue for employment discrimination, adding that she looked forward to “discussing it with you and using, and relying upon your thoughts and experiences as we consider that point.” This was her fallback line, obviously: when in doubt, say she looks forward to discussing these hot legal issues over a cup of coffee with the president’s political opposition. How theoretically bipartisan!
To drive home the point that she would never oppose Obama’s executive amnesty, she dodged questions on the issue again and again, then said that everyone had the right to work in the United States – which ought to provide a problem, since there are approximately 6.8 billion people on the planet who do not live legally in the United States. “If someone is here,” she said, “regardless of status, I’d prefer they are participating in the workplace.” She had to be pressed repeatedly before admitting that citizenship is legally a privilege, not a right, finally conceding, “Citizenship is a privilege that has to be earned.” Sessions, bemused, stated, “I am a little surprised it took you that long.”
When asked about whether there were any limits at all to the executive’s authority under the rubric of prosecutorial discretion, she answered vaguely. Senator Mike Lee grilled her, explaining that giving permits to people to break the law did not amount to prosecutorial discretion. Lee likened Obama’s executive amnesty to law enforcement officers giving people permits to break the speed limit. Lynch remained unmoved. “Without knowing more about it, I’m not able to respond to the hypothetical,” she said, ignoring the fact that Lee’s case study was an analogy, not a hypothetical. “It certainly doesn’t sound like something that a law enforcement officer would be engaged in.”
To which Lee ought to have answered, “Tell that to your boss, since that’s precisely what he’s doing.” But that wouldn’t have moved Lynch, either.
……Lynch also said she would continue to enforce marijuana laws, unlike Attorney General Holder, who has ignored enforcement of pot laws in states that have legalized the substance. She added that she would recommend either civilian or military courts for terrorists depending on the circumstances, but ripped into the Bush administration’s enhanced interrogation techniques: “Waterboarding is torture, Senator,” she told Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), “and thus illegal.” She did not say if she would prosecute members of the CIA who engaged in the practice.
You want torture, scrunt?
Try being trapped in burning skyscrapers 90 stories high thanks to a crash caused by Islamic thugs who used planes like human-filled missiles. You’re calling your loved ones on a cell phone to tell them that you’re probably not going to make it. There’s no escape except the choice of being incinerated to death or jumping out of a window.
That is torture.
The interrogation techniques used on muzzie thugs saved lives, something DemProgs can’t bring themselves to admit.
They’ll confirm her, alright. They don’t have the balls to throw her back at Obama and say, “Not only no, but HELL NO”.