Apr 23 2015

Shelby Opposes Loretta Lynch

WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, April 23, 2015 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement following his vote against Loretta Lynch for Attorney General of the United States:

“The Attorney General has a vast amount of power to interpret and execute the laws that govern our nation as well as a great responsibility to uphold the rule of law.  I strongly opposed Ms. Lynch’s nomination today because I have serious questions regarding her ability to objectively defend the Constitution. 

“I have personally expressed to Ms. Lynch that I feared she would interpret her position as the attorney for President Obama, not the United States of America.  One of my greatest concerns with Ms. Lynch is her stance on the President’s action to unilaterally grant executive amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.  The American people deserve better than an Attorney General who would allow the President to both ignore and unilaterally change our nation’s immigration laws.”

Prior to today’s vote, Senator Shelby and Ms. Lynch met in his DC office on January 7, 2015.