Giuliani: GOP Should Back Lynch–Better Than They Thought They Would Get


Until recently, President Obama didn’t give up on the idea of trying to persuade Eric Holder to stay on as Attorney General, Politico reports. His insistence on leaving amid exhaustion and health concerns “sparked a process that many people in and around it felt was epitomized by the hastily assembled Saturday morning announcement of (Loretta) Lynch's nomination in the Roosevelt Room, just a few hours before Obama took off for Asia for a week.” Lynch's nomination, despite a résumé that's as accomplished and uncontroversial as they come, took people by surprise. “She would have been eliminated, too, if she wasn't impressive,” said a source close to Holder. “It's process of elimination combined with the process of finding someone really good.”

Even Republicans reacted warmly to Lynch's selection, including Rudy Giuliani, the Republican former mayor of New York City, a former U.S. attorney himself who worked with Lynch on the prosecution of the police officers responsible for assaulting Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant sodomized with a broomstick in the late 1990s. “If I were in the Senate, I would confirm her. I would recommend to the president doing it in the next Senate because there is no need to put that burden on her,” Giuliani said. “If everything is on the table, and I think it is, the next Republican Senate will almost happily endorse Loretta because she is so much better than what they thought they were going to get.”

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