McConnell holds a news conference after the weekly party caucus policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

U.S. Senate leader says he will put Obama attorney general on hold

McConnell holds a news conference after the weekly party caucus policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonThe U.S. Senate majority leader said on Sunday he would not schedule a vote to confirm President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, until Democrats stop blocking an unrelated human trafficking bill. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell told CNN’s “State of the Union” program he had planned to take up Lynch’s nomination this week but may put it off if an anti-human trafficking measure does not pass first. “This will have an impact of the timing of considering a new attorney general,” McConnell said. “I had hoped to turn to her next week but if we can’t finish the trafficking bill she will be put off again.” The Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 26 voted in favor of Lynch to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, clearing the way for her expected confirmation in the full Senate.

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