Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's pick to be the next attorney general, is winning over Republicans, Politico reports. Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has met privately with several Republican senators in recent weeks, earning some of their early support ahead of what is expected to be a contentious set of nomination hearings early next year. Wile Republicans have vowed to use the nomination process to take on Obama over his executive actions on immigration, Lynch's early success suggests that the ugly fight won't necessarily tank her prospects of becoming the nation's next chief law enforcement
Republicans are eagerly awaiting the chance to grill Lynch on Obama's executive actions on immigration issued in November, which will protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and grant them work permits. The GOP plans to make Lynch's views on the reaches of executive power as it relates to immigration a critical flashpoint of her confirmation hearings, making the attorney general fight a proxy war of sorts over Obama's controversial immigration actions. Senate Democrats argue that Lynch's views on executive action, and the Republican anger over Obama's unilateral moves, shouldn't sink confirmation to such a key Cabinet post.