Just a few days after the sudden death of Supreme Court associate justice Antonin Scalia, reports are now piling up regarding who President Barack Obama will tap as justice Scalia’s possible replacement in the highest court in the country.
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The search began as early as Saturday night when Pres. Obama handled conference calls among his legal team. Several meetings were also set on Sunday to background check potential candidates.
The White House Counsel’s office is responsible for narrowing down its list of potential nominees to fill the position. Pres. Obama is currently in an Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in California.
Still, the White House has not released any official statements yet regarding the nomination process.
However, according to SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein, among the leading candidates for the Supreme Court seat is Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
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Goldstein, who is a Supreme Court analyst, said that Loretta Lynch is a “very serious possibility.”
“The fact that Lynch was vetted so recently for attorney general also makes it practical for the president to nominate her in relatively short order,” Goldstein wrote.
If the President chooses to nominate Loretta Lynch, then it would possibly tip the balanced Supreme Court to the left, claims Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Unfortunately, Republicans may have some reservations in voting for Lynch, whose “history as a career prosecutor makes it very difficult to paint her as excessively liberal.”
In addition, Loretta Lynch has been a long-time supporter of partial birth abortions, and this would certainly ring a bell for pro-life supporters.
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However, even though Republican politicians, especially presidential candidates, may not want to vote for her, they may be obliged to do so. That’s because refusing her, or treating her unfairly, might stir up anger among black and women voters.
If successfully appointed, Loretta Lynch would be the first ever black woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court.
The Obama administration could choose Loretta Lynch, whom the Republicans wouldn’t dare oppose, especially as election season commences.
Lynch’s pro-abortion stance could be a warning for pro-life supporters.
During a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Loretta Lynch revealed that she once signed on to a brief of the Planned Parenthood abortion business in order to overturn the ban that the Congress imposed on partial-birth abortions.
Aside from the gruesome abortion procedures, the abortion company that carries out the process reportedly sells the parts of aborted babies, which is in violation to federal laws.
However, Sen. McConnell has stated that the Senate will not vote for a replacement for the late Justice Scalia until after the presidential elections. This decision is highly supported by pro-life groups and organizations.
Even Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid opposes this statement posting on Twitter that “the Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible.”
If Obama chooses Loretta Lynch, it would be the third pro-abortion Supreme Court justice he would have appointed following associate justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elana Kagan.
The Attorney General has also been in the news lately after she shared her two cents regarding the Super Bowl 50 half time performance of Beyoncé, which seemed to depict disrespect for the police.
Here’s what Attorney General Loretta Lynch thinks about Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show https://t.co/V6onVG0IlO via thisisfusion
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“I think that art is one way in which we discuss difficult issues,” Lynch said in an interview. “I think the way in which I’m trying to deal with that is have those conversations directly with the people involved in those difficult issues.”
Loretta Lynch, 56, a North Carolina native, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1984, and became a federal prosecutor in 1990. She became an attorney for the Eastern District of New York for two years, and returned to private practice before Pres. Obama tapped her to be nominated as Secretary General in 2014.
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