Alexandria, Virginia – By a vote of 56 yays, 43 nays, and one abstention, the U.S. Senate confirmed U.S Attorney Loretta E. Lynch as Attorney General on April 23 – a decision that proves that a majority of Congress’ upper chamber is comfortable with ignoring the Constitution, despite the fact that they swore to uphold it and allegedly operate within its confines.
“Each vote in favor of Loretta Lynch was a vote against the Supreme Law of the United States,” says Constitutional Rights PAC Chairman Larry Ward. “Members of both parties violated their official oaths by assenting to installing a lawbreaker as the highest law officer in the United States.”
Operating under oath as U.S. Attorney for New York’s Eastern District, Loretta Lynch authorized the confiscation of private property from the innocent in direct violation of the Fourth and Ninth Amendments. Her office – named a ‘major forfeiture operation’ – seized over $100 million in private assets in two years.
Lynch’s position on President Barack Obama’s presidential powers – particularly in relation to his executive rewrite of immigration law – also confirms that Lynch is allied with attempts to erase the Constitution’s separation of powers.
“The United States Senate failed on April 24,” says CRPAC's Ward. “Instead of being a check on the Executive Branch and standing in their own right, 44 Democrat and 12 Republican Senators handed the President another radical nominee to replace Eric Holder.”
Constitutional Rights PAC expressly condemns the following Senate Republicans who broke from their Party to secure the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General: Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“Twelve compromising Republicans installed Lynch,” says Ward. “If they had stood with the Constitution and their fellow Party members, her confirmation would have been impossible.”