Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Capito explains ‘no’ vote on new attorney general

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito says there’s no doubt new U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is qualified for the position but she voted against her confirmation last week to send a message to the White House.
Capito said yesterday that former Attorney General Eric Holder upheld President Barack Obama’s widespread use of executive orders and Lynch has said she would also. Capito said that’s why she voted no.
“She’s going to be making decisions that are going to influence his ability to go above and beyond what Congress has legislated,” she said.
Lynch was sworn-in Monday. She visited Capito’s office before last week’s confirmation vote in the Senate. Capito said she’s qualified but has the wrong stance on the executive order issue.
“This is a way for me to express my disapproval for those types of actions—so I voted against her,” Capito said.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin voted in favor of Lynch’s confirmation.
Lynch is the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. attorney general. She was confirmed in the Senate last Thursday on a 56-43 vote.