Obama Berates Congress Over Loretta Lynch: "Dysfunction In Senate Has Gone Too Far. Enough"; "This Is Embarrassing"

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At a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi focused on fighting ISIS and trade, President Obama railed against Senate Republicans for holding up the confirmation vote for his Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.

Obama said Congress wants oversight for the potential deal with Iran yet won't hold a vote to confirm Lynch.

"We just talked about what I think was at least a constructive process to resolve the question of Congressional involvement in Iran," Obama said. "Yet, what we still have is this crazy situation where a woman who everybody agrees is qualified, who has gone after terrorists, who has worked with police officers to get gangs off the street, who is trusted by the civil rights community and by police unions as being somebody who's fair and effective and a good manager. Nobody suggests otherwise. "

Obama then lambasted Senate Republicans, calling the delay of Lynch's confirmation vote "embarrassing."

"I have to say that there are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far," Obama said. "This is an example of it. It's gone too far. Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed. Put her in place, let her do her job. This is embarrassing, a process like this."

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Let me just say this about Loretta Lynch. We've actually seen some outbreaks of bipartisanship and common sense in Congress over the last couple of weeks...

We just talked about what I think was at least a constructive process to resolve the question of Congressional involvement in Iran. Yet, what we still have is this crazy situation where a woman who everybody agrees is qualified, who has gone after terrorists, who has worked with police officers to get gangs off the street, who is trusted by the civil rights community and by police unions as being somebody who's fair and effective and a good manager. Nobody suggests otherwise.

Who has been confirmed twice before by the United States Senate for one of the biggest law enforcement jobs in the country has now been sitting there longer than the previous seven Attorney General nominees combined. There's no reason for it. Nobody can describe a reason for it beyond political gamesmanship in the Senate on an issue completely unrelated to her.

This is the top law enforcement job in the country. It's my Attorney General who has to interact with his Italian counterparts or her Italian counterparts in dealing with counterterrorism issues, dealing with Interpol, dealing with our national security, in coordinating with our FBI. What are we doing here?

And I have to say that there are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it. It's gone too far. Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed. Put her in place, let her do her job. This is embarrassing, a process like this. Thank you.

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