Attorney General Loretta Lynch has asked that the White House withdraw her name from consideration as a nominee for the Supreme Court.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, a DOJ spokesperson said:
“As the conversation around the Supreme Court vacancy progressed, the Attorney General determined that the limitations inherent in the nomination process would curtail her effectiveness in her current role. Given the urgent issues before the Department of Justice, she asked not to be considered for the position,” Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman said in a statement.
Last week during an interview with FOX, Lynch commented about how she’s very happy with her current position.
“While [Lynch] is deeply grateful for the support and good wishes of all those who suggested her as a potential nominee, she is honored to serve as Attorney General, and she is fully committed to carrying out the work of the Department of Justice for the remainder of her term,” Newman added.
Most people assume that Lynch’s move comes from the delay she faced in winning confirmation to her current job. It took more than 6 months for the Senate to approve her, after the president announced her as his pick for attorney general in November 2014.