Obama accuses Republicans of holding Lynch nomination 'hostage'

Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday accused the Republican-led U.S. Senate of holding Loretta Lynch, his nominee for U.S. attorney general, as a “hostage” as lawmakers wrangle over a human trafficking bill bogged down in an abortion dispute. Obama nominated Lynch, the Brooklyn federal prosecutor, in November to replace the retiring Eric Holder as the nation’s top law enforcement official. If confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first black woman to serve in the post. We need to go ahead and get her done.” The human trafficking legislation had been expected to attract broad bipartisan support, but most Democrats are blocking it to protest anti-abortion language inserted by Republicans.

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