January 27, 2015
Welcome to OVERNIGHT REGULATION, your daily rundown of enforcement news from Capitol Hill and beyond. It’s Tuesday night here in Washington and we’re getting the popcorn ready. The two-day confirmation hearing of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch begins Wednesday. With Republicans in control, it promises to be one heck of a show. So here’s a sneak peak along with the biggest news and tomorrow’s most compelling story lines from the agencies and Congress.
THE BIG STORY
The Obama administration will be on the hot seat Wednesday as Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch heads to the Senate for her confirmation hearing.
GOP lawmakers will probe Lynch to see how she distinguishes herself from some of the controversial policies of her predecessor, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.
Republicans believe the Department of Justice has become too “politicized” under the Obama administration. They’re looking for an attorney general who is not afraid to stand up to the president from time to time.
“We need an attorney general that won’t politicize the office,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) told The Hill. “It will be important that she is ready to tell the president, ‘No,’ if he overreaches.”
One of the biggest overreaches Republicans point to is President Obama’s executive order granting amnesty to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants.
Lynch will be asked whether she believes the president overstepped his authority on immigration.
Tensions could also flair over Operation Fast and Furious, the failed sting where federal agents puts guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Meanwhile, Democrats may probe Lynch’s stance on civil-rights issues such as same-sex marriage and potential police reforms in the wake of Ferguson. … Read more…