Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
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A high-ranking Republican believes that the Senate is likely in the next few days to approve Loretta Lynch as the nation's next attorney general, a nomination that has been delayed as Republicans jostle for political position.

"My sense is over the next 48 to 72 hours that is going to be resolved, and we will move on to this Iran issue," Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told CNN's Jim Sciutto on State of the Union.  

President Barack Obama nominated Lynch as Eric Holder's replacement in November, but Republicans stalled on voting for her nomination as leverage on a human trafficking bill that Democrats refused to approve once they became aware of an anti-abortion provision in it, CNN reports.

"This logjam that you are talking about over this nominee likely will be worked out in the beginning part of this week once the human trafficking piece is worked out with it," Corker said on the program.

On Friday, President Obama called Lynch's confirmation delay embarrassing. "Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed. Put her in place. Let her do her job. This is embarrassing, a process like this," he said Friday at a White House press conference.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has held up Lynch's nomination, saying that Lynch will not get a vote until the human trafficking bill advances.

"There are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far," Obama said. "This is an example of it."

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