Why The Senate Has Taken Over Four Months to Confirm Next Attorney General

President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch in November, but Senate has yet to vote.

“I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can't finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again,” McConnell said. “They need to come to grips with this.”

The threat of another delay angered Democrats who believe Lynch, who would be the first African American woman to serve as attorney general, has waited long enough to be confirmed.

Democrats have pointed out Lynch’s confirmation process is the longest of any attorney general nominee in recent history. The longest confirmation process was for Attorney General Edwin Meese III who was confirmed in 1985 after 13 months due to questions relating to his ethical conduct.