Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) plans to hold confirmation hearings for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch in the last week of January or the beginning of February, an aide told Politico. The White House said it “continues to believe that Loretta Lynch should be confirmed as soon as possible.”
The nomination of Lynch, the federal prosecutor based in Brooklyn who was chosen late last year to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, will be one of the highest-profile confirmations that the new GOP majority in the Senate will take up early this year. It is expected to focus on the Obama administration’s immigration policy. The White House said it would issue the federal budget proposal for the fiscal year starting in October on February 2, the earliest submission in recent years.