U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) says he will support the nomination of Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney General.
At a luncheon appearance at the City Club Thursday, Kirk said he met with Lynch to discuss the issue of gangs in Chicago, adding that the talk helped sway his decision to support the nominee.
With Kirk's support, Lynch's nomination goes back up to the 50 votes needed to be confirmed, with Vice Pres. Joe Biden being the tie-breaker. It is unclean whether New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez will still be able to vote in favor of Lynch after having been indicted on federal corruption charges Wednesday. That same day, Menendez said he would support Lynch, which took her total of supporting senators to 50.
Kirk was one of a few Republican senators who had not publicly commented on Lynch's nomination. Many Republican senators do not support Lynch as a result of her saying that President Obama's controversial immigration reform executive orders, which are now tied up in the court system, are legal.