Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is under fire this week for lying about his role to hold hostage the confirmation of Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney General.
First, McConnell said back in November that Lynch’s confirmation should be voted upon when the new Congress convened. Last week McConnell stated he would bring the Lynch confirmation to vote this week. Now, over the weekend, McConnell did a complete flip-flop, stating that the confirmation vote would not take place until after a republican backed human-trafficking bill got passed.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on March 18th,
“Now, I’ve gotten asked a number of times since November about whether or not the president trusts Senator McConnell. Whether or not Sen. McConnell and other members of the Republican leadership, whether their word is good with the president. So, Sen. McConnell back in November was saying that her nomination should be considered in the new Congress. But yesterday when Sen. McConnell was asked on CNN about whether or not he was going to act quickly to confirm her, and to explain the delay, he said the nomination hasn’t taken that long when you consider when it was taken up which was this year. He went on to say, “The Democrat majority back in December had a chance to work on the nomination earlier, decided to delay it until this year.”
Democrats in Congress aren’t mixing words about this either. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called McConnell on the carpet on Wednesday as well stating,
“The fact is there is not substantive reason to stop this nomination…Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar. That is unfair. It’s unjust. It is beneath the decorum and dignity of the United States Senate.”
Once again, Americans are forced to witness a Republican led congress which continually fails to govern.
More to come on this one, for sure.
By: M. Kita Williams – CIVILRIGHTSAGENDA.COM