With Loretta Lynch’s confirmation still stalled in the Senate, former New York Mayor and one-time Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani joined other law enforcement leaders in pushing for a swift and strong vote in favor of her nomination for attorney general.

Lynch, a two-time US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, was nominated in November and has waited longer than all five previous attorney general nominees combined for a vote in the full Senate.

Giuliani worked with Lynch when he was mayor and called her an excellent lawyer with “very substantial expertise in national security”, who made decisions on merit, was not a political operative in any sense and deserved to be confirmed.

“As you all know, I am a Republican and I think I could probably be described as a very dedicated Republican,” Giuliani told reporters on a press call. “I find Loretta Lynch not only to be an acceptable appointment. I find her to be an extraordinary appointment.”

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to delay a vote on Lynch’s confirmation by the full Senate until the chamber completes consideration of an unrelated sex trafficking bill. That legislation had bipartisan support until Democrats discovered Republicans had added an anti-abortion provision they oppose. A procedural vote to end debate on the bill failed for the third time on Thursday and efforts to reach a compromise have gone nowhere. With the Senate set to debate the budget next week and to leave for a two-week Easter recess the following week, Lynch’s confirmation vote could be delayed until April.

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