Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on Friday urged his fellow Republicans to stop delaying the vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general.
Giuliani told reporters that while he is a “very dedicated Republican,” he thinks Republicans need to confirm President Obama’s nominees, according to the Huffington Post.
“The confirmation process has been really tremendously distorted,” he said during a call with reporters. “It’s become Republicans torture Democrats, Democrats torture Republicans.”
“But as a Republican and looking at the constitution, I find Loretta Lynch not only to be an acceptable appointment, but I find her to be an extraordinary appointment,” he continued.
Giuliani said that he has reached out to numerous Senate Republicans to encourage them to vote in favor of Lynch’s confirmation. He said he’s “working very closely with Lindsey Graham.”
When asked if her confirmation vote had been delayed due to her race or gender, Giuliani said to “just change her name to Lawrence Lynch and look at her qualifications.”
“This woman is overqualified to be the attorney general of the United States,” he said.
The Senate has repeatedly delayed the vote to confirm Lynch. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday said that the Senate would not vote on her nomination until they pass the anti-human trafficking bill, which stalled this week.