Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoInterior reverses Trump, moves BLM headquarters back to DC Lobbying world A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate MORE (R-Wyo.) said President Obama’s nominee for attorney general will have to tell lawmakers if “executive amnesty” is legal.
Last week, Obama announced that he was nominating Loretta Lynch to replace Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderChristie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group Democrats look to state courts as redistricting battle heats up On The Trail: Census kicks off a wild redistricting cycle MORE as head of the Department of Justice.
“She is going to have to specifically come to the Hill, talk about trying to get better relations between the departments and the Hill, and specifically answer questions about executive amnesty. Is it legal? Is it constitutional?” Barrasso said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Senate Democrats could try to approve her nomination in the lame-duck session, but Barrasso warned against it.
“We have not done an attorney general confirmation in a lame-duck since 1906 — and that was in the same party,” Barrasso said. “The last time we’ve done one with a change of party was when James Buchanan was leaving the White House and Abraham Lincoln was coming in. So as I say, what the president does in two months is very consequential for the next two years.”
Other Republicans, such as Sens. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE (Ala.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMore than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeEconomy adds just 235K jobs in August as delta hammers growth Lawmakers flooded with calls for help on Afghanistan exit Afghanistan fiasco proves we didn't leave soon enough MORE (Utah) have also said the nominee should rebuke Obama’s planned executive order on immigration policy.
The administration had announced that after the midterm election it would issue an executive order allowing nearly 5 million immigrants to stay in the United States on worker visas — many of the immigrants have U.S. children. But Republicans have blasted the idea, calling it “executive amnesty.”