Rudy Giuliani isn't giving up on his push to confirm Loretta Lynch as U.S. attorney general. Days after he sent a letter to Senator Lindsey Graham in support of President Barack Obama's nominee, the former New York mayor held a conference call Friday with reporters and defended Lynch as being "in the highest traditions of a U.S. attorney" and "not a political operative in any sense."
Some Republicans have said they will not vote for Lynch and questioned her independence and support of Obama’s immigration policies. Giuliani, himself a former federal prosecutor, rejected that premise and criticized members of both parties for failing to respect presidential nominations.
"I know her reputation as a U.S. attorney," Giuliani said. "She is in the highest traditions of a U.S. attorney—she makes decisions on the merits."
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Lynch's nomination on a 12-8 vote Feb. 26, with three Republicans joining all nine of the committee’s Democrats in favor of Lynch. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, has also said she'll support Lynch. That means Lynch's proponents need at least one more Republican–or Vice President Joe Biden to break a tie–if all 46 Democrats back Lynch.
Lynch, the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, would be the first black woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official.
Giuliani, a Republican who has openly questioned Obama's love of America, contended that when a president nominates a qualified, honest person, lawmakers should respect the selection "whether the president is a Republican or Democrat."
He blamed both parties for damaging the confirmation process. "It's now become the Hatfields and the McCoys," he said. "It's really depriving us of good people in government."
"These confirmation hearings have become blood baths, and they should not be," he said. "It impedes the ability of any president to get the job done, and it discourages significantly qualified people from going through this process."
The Lynch vote is a "golden opportunity for my political party to show we're going back to the original intent of the framers of the constitution in the way the confirmation process should work," he said.
Obama "has made not only an acceptable choice, I think he's made a commendable choice," he said.