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Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, shown testifying at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January. (AP Photo)

GOP delays vote on attorney general nominee

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are delaying a committee vote on the president’s nominee for attorney general. The lawmakers say they have more questions for Loretta Lynch.

Committee chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa says it’s standard procedure. He says the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote later this month, after the Presidents Day recess.

Lynch is the U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York. She’s widely expected to win approval from the committee and the full Senate.

But Democrats complain that Lynch is being held to a double standard compared to other nominees. They say she should be approved immediately.

Lynch would replace Senate Eric Holder to become the nation’s first black female attorney general.