Newspaper article Roll Call

3 Republicans Defy Ted Cruz, Back Loretta Lynch (Updated)

Newspaper article Roll Call

3 Republicans Defy Ted Cruz, Back Loretta Lynch (Updated)

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Updated 1:36 p.m. | It's starting to look like yet another loss under the Dome for Ted Cruz.

The Texas firebrand's fellow Republicans aren't on board with his plan to block Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general.

The Senate Judiciary Committee backed the Lynch nomination, 12- 8, Thursday with the help of three Republicans -- Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Her nomination now goes to the Senate floor, where it could receive a vote as soon as next week.

Cruz has been trying to rally his fellow Republican senators to block Lynch, as well as all non-security nominations, in retaliation for Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

"We should not be surprised if President Obama tries to come back to grant amnesty to 12 million ... and Ms. Lynch rubber-stamps that as acceptable," Cruz said. "We should not be surprised if over the next two years we continue to see abuse of power, abuse of executive authority, regulatory abuse and the Department of Justice rubber- stamping it over and over ... again."

Graham, who like Cruz is considering a run for president, said Republicans who feel aggrieved over the executive actions could seek to impeach, but that is not a likely course of action.

"We're not going to go down that road because most American would not like that as the outcome," he said.

Graham said the issues should be hashed out in the courts, rather than seeking a legislative fix that would never get through the Senate.

"We can yell and scream all we'd like, but the courts are the right place for this to be resolved," he said.

Graham was quick to note that he too opposes the president's executive actions, in part because they have made it more difficult to overhaul the immigration laws. Graham is one of the Senate's "gang of eight" who crafted the Senate's bill two years ago. …

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