Giuliani supports Loretta Lynch nomination
FREDDIE ALLEN | 3/27/2015, 8:21 p.m.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In recent weeks, Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, claimed that President Barack Obama didn’t love America, blamed the president for creating the atmosphere that led to the shootings of two police officers being shot in Ferguson, Missouri, and said that he should speak more like the beleaguered Bill Cosby on issues of race.
There is one issue, however, that he is in total agreement with Obama – Loretta Lynch’s qualification to become the next attorney general.
“Loretta Lynch is more than qualified. She’s over-qualified to be the attorney general,” Giuliani said. “She is as well-qualified as some of the best attorney generals that we’ve had.”
During a call with reporters last Friday, Giuliani admitted that he didn’t often agree with Obama, but whether the president is a Republican or a Democrat, he is entitled to his choice.
The former mayor and presidential candidate said that the confirmation process has become distorted over time.
“Republicans torture Democrats and Democrats torture Republicans. Who started it? Only God knows and it has now become the Hatfields and McCoys,” the former New York City mayor said.
Giuliani said that he was impressed by the way that Lynch, as a United States attorney in New York, prosecuted cases to protect New York City and, on the few occasions that she had to investigate the city, she was fair.
“She makes decisions on the merit,” Giuliani said. “She’s not a political operative in any sense.”
Lynch, who was first confirmed as a United States attorney during the Clinton administration in 1999 and again during the Obama administration in 2010, has also undergone three FBI background investigations.
Giuliani joined a chorus of lawmakers, law enforcement officials and civil rights leaders urging Senate Republicans to confirm Lynch.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, called the delay in confirming Lynch political.
“The politics that Republicans have played with her nomination are deplorable and opposition to her nomination is nothing more than a political ploy to once again use any means necessary to show their disdain for President Obama,” Butterfield said. “This is a travesty. We should not deny the president of the United States his choice of a qualified candidate.”
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of 200 civil and human rights groups, said that the Senate Republican majority is using every excuse it can find to delay or obstruct Lynch’s confirmation.
“And the one thing these excuses all have in common is that none of them have anything to do with the nominee herself,” Henderson said. “We know that senators can walk and chew gum at the same time and that this is just the latest turn in what has been the most mishandled and manipulated confirmation process in memory.”
Even Eric Holder, the current attorney general who was held in contempt of Congress on a Republican-majority vote in 2012 over a gun trade investigation, recently quipped that the Republican Congress has delayed the Lynch confirmation because they discovered a new fondness for him.