Attorney General Loretta Lynch Asks Not To Be Considered For US Supreme Court Seat
Mar 10, 2016 12:13 AM EST
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is part of the people being considered for the United States Supreme Court seat after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. However, she has opted out from the list saying that she wants her named to be removed.
Australasian Lawyer reported that Lynch asking her name to be removed from those being considered is greatly affected by the fact that the nomination process for the U.S. Supreme Court seat would pose limitations, thus, curtail her effectiveness in her current position. Melanie Newman, a spokesman for the Justice Department, announced the decision by Lynch.
Newman also said in the emailed statement about Lynch's decision that the attorney general is grateful for the support but she is honored to serve the current post she is on and is fully committed to carrying out the work for the remainder of her term, U.S. & World Report News reported.
Lynch is one of the most mentioned by Democrats as the possible court nominee by President Barack Obama to fill Scalia's post, AOL reported. However, this could be another issue especially for the Republicans as the Senate voted 56-43 when she was nominated as the attorney general last April.
This is not the first time that Lynch talked about the possibility of being nominated for the position. In an interview with FOX News last week, she said she has not had any conversations regarding the U.S. Supreme Court seat and that she is very happy with her current job.
Majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky also said in a recent statement that he and other Republican senators are not planning to hold hearings on a nominee suggested by Obama. Republicans are also critical of Lynch as she supports Obama's executive action regarding immigration.
Analysts are saying that despite Lynch being a federal prosecutor, she does not have a history of court decisions, which could be questioned during the hearing process.
Other names rumored to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat are Sri Srinivasan, Jane Kelly, and Paul Watford. All of them served as federal appeals court judges.