Ted Cruz doesn’t want to follow the Constitution in replacing AG Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is resigning from his post, says he’ll stay on the job until his replacement is confirmed by the Senate.
But that could take months and months, if Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has his way.
The U.S. Constitution prescribes a neat and orderly way for replacing a high-ranking federal official like Holder: The president submits the name of a nominee, and the Senate holds hearings and then votes up or down on the nomination. If the nominee is supported by a majority of senators, he or she gets the job.
But Cruz doesn’t like it that the Senate majority is now comprised of Democrats. He wants to hold off on the nomination of a replacement for Holder until January, especially if Republican candidates for the Senate do well in the November elections.
In other words, he wants to set aside the constitutional provision for confirming an attorney general nominee until conditions suit his partisan purposes.
Another way of putting it, as we see HERE, is that Cruz wants to ignore what the Constitution says about senators serving terms of six full years.