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Senator Leahy Thinks NSA Reform is More Important Than the Next AG

It was reported last week that Senate Democrats are unwilling to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch during the lame duck and that that is one reason why the White House may not pressure the Senate into confirming her before Republicans take over.

The Hill has a little more detail on why and apparently the chairman of the Judiciary Committee has other priorities.

In addition to that legislative to-do list, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is insisting on passing an overhaul of the National Security Agency (NSA) before the clock runs out on the Democratic majority. Leahy’s committee is tasked with vetting Lynch’s nomination.

Leahy says he wants to do the NSA reform bill before doing anything else in committee so it bottles that up,” the Democratic aide said. “Lynch is a very qualified nominee and should be confirmed no matter who is in charge.”

This is an embarrassment at best and malfeasance at worst.

No one who actually votes gives a single fuck about NSA reform. Confirmation of the next attorney general is infinitely more important and should be a higher priority.

I can’t blame the president for not demanding a confirmation right now if this is what he’s contending with.

NSA reform? What a joke.

  • muselet

    Which will bite them in their collective, since until another AG is confirmed, they’re stuck with *scary music sting* Eric Holder, who they’ve been moaning about for nearly six years.

    –alopecia

    • trgahan

      Only to be outdone by thinking Republicans are going to support restricting the powers of the NSA.

      Yeah, they’ll keep sending Rand to do the “LIBERTY!!!!” two-step on cable news to keep the dudebros and faux-libertarians happy and NOT voting (or at least not voting Democratic), but the party that gave us the Terrorist Watch List that quickly ballooned to 300,000 people/organization (funny how that has been conviently forgotten by the “Worse than Bush” crowd) has no intention of limiting Federal surveillance power.

  • I second that. Republicans are very likely to keep her in committee forever………or at least until they give the pres a flat out “NO” re her confirmation.

    • muselet

      Which will bite them in their collective, since until another AG is confirmed, they’re stuck with *scary music sting* Eric Holder, who they’ve been moaning about for nearly six years. You’d think they would want someone new to torment.

      –alopecia