Senate Panel OKs Loretta Lynch Nomination As Attorney General

Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for attorney general, cleared a major hurdle today to succeed Eric Holder as the country’s top law enforcement officer. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 to send the nomination to the full chamber, which is expected to confirm her nomination.

Three Republicans joined the panel’s Democrats to vote “yes.” Those opposed to her nomination cited President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

NPR’s Carrie Johnson tells our Newscast unit that the veteran prosecutor “waited more than 100 days and answered 897 written questions in her bid to become the country’s top law enforcement officer.

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