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Obama presses Republicans on attorney general pick

US President Barack Obama speaks during the second-annual White House Student Film Festival in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 20, 2015President Barack Obama urged his Republican foes in Congress to confirm his choice for the country’s next top law enforcement officer, accusing them of holding her “hostage” in their efforts to push other legislation. In February, the US Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Loretta Lynch’s attorney general nomination, inching her closer to becoming the first African-American woman ever to hold the post. Her nomination, currently pending before the full Senate, comes at a time of deep Republican animosity towards Obama’s immigration reform plan, which he introduced by executive order in November. “You don’t hold attorney general nominees hostage for other issues,” Obama told The Huffington Post online news outlet.

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