North Carolina’s two Republican U.S. senators both voted against Greensboro native Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general, just as they said they would.
Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s top law enforcement official on a vote of 56-43. She’ll be the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general.
Here’s what Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr said in statements on Thursday after the vote:
Tillis: “While I have immense personal and professional respect for Loretta Lynch, I voted against her confirmation today because of her support for the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty plan and her unwillingness to make a firm commitment to reverse the partisan politicization that presently exists at the Department of Justice.
“Now that Ms. Lynch is confirmed, I stand ready to work with her on key areas where we both agree, and I ultimately hope that she will prove my concerns unfounded by working to restore the Department’s reputation for legal integrity that is separated from politics.”
Burr: “I voted against President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to the office of attorney general. I did so because I did not have confidence that Ms. Lynch would ensure the independence of the attorney general’s office and had concerns about her support for the president’s executive amnesty.”
The comments on “executive amnesty” were a reference to Lynch’s view that President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration in November was legal. The order would shield more than 4 million immigrants from deportation.