Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said Monday that based on his first impression, he assumes U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch will get approved by the Senate to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.
McCain called Obama's nominee and the chief federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York an "outstanding young woman."
"I think elections have consequences and therefore you give his nominees the benefit of the doubt, it doesn't mean you're a rubber stamp," McCain said on the Steve Malzberg Show. "I voted in favor of some of his nominees who I would never have submitted to the Senate, but that's our job, advise and consent."
McCain added he believes a confirmation should wait, however, until the new Senate begins in January.
"Again, why not wait until you have a new Senate where we can look at this with some time to examine; it's one of the most important positions there is. And I would imagine from my first glance at her credentials that she would get approved by the Senate. This is a very outstanding young woman from everything that I can tell."
If approved, Lynch would become the first black woman to serve as the nation's attorney general.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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