Fiery Obama to GOP Senators: 'Confirm Loretta Lynch, This Is Embarrassing'
President Obama concluded a lengthy news conference this afternoon with a stern message to Republican senators, who have delayed the confirmation vote for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.
Obama said no one in the Senate disputes that Lynch is qualified for the job. She was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee already, but a full Senate floor vote has now been delayed for almost two months.
“Nobody can describe a reason for it beyond political gamesmanship in the Senate,” said Obama at a news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
“I have to say that there are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it.”
The vote on Lynch's confirmation has been held up by an unrelated dispute over the inclusion of an anti-abortion provision in an anti-human trafficking bill.
"Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed. Put her in place. Let her do her job. This is embarrassing," the president said.
Watch the clip above from "The Real Story," including Ed Henry's report on what Obama had to say about the Iran nuclear deal.