Klobuchar takes on Senator Ted Cruz during floor debate over his claims that Lynch is “lawless”

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States:

“After today’s strong bipartisan vote, our nation’s new top cop will finally be on the beat,” Klobuchar said. “Loretta Lynch is the total package: she has a world-class legal mind, a deep commitment to justice, and a remarkable record of service. She’s exactly the type of tough and tested leader we need to lead the Justice Department at a dangerous time in our country’s history, and I am looking forward to working with her on issues ranging from countering violent extremism to defending voting rights to protecting consumers and competition.”

During floor debate ahead of the vote, Klobuchar directly challenged Senator Ted Cruz over his claims that Lynch is “lawless,” and highlighted Lynch’s extraordinary credentials and broad bipartisan support.

“What I would like to most focus on today is the claims that I just heard from the senator from Texas that she is somehow lawless,” Klobuchar said during her speech on the Senate floor. “Let's look through the facts here. She has earned the support of members of both parties. Do the Republicans that support her for this position think she is lawless? I don't think so. She has earned the support of top law enforcement groups and 25 former U.S attorneys from both Republican and Democratic administrations. […] She is supremely qualified for attorney general.”