US Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she is unlikely to reverse a decision by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Council that the Wire Act does not apply to online casino games.
Lynch is testifying before the Senate before her confirmation vote by the Senate. She faces an uphill fight as Republicans hold the majority.
Speaking to the Committee Lynch said, “It is my understanding, however, that OLC opinions are rarely reconsidered. Unless in the course of my review I conclude that OLC’s interpretation of the Wire Act is unreasonable, I do not intend to take any action to suspend or revoke the opinion.”
Republicans are keen to outlaw online gambling in the United States, as one of their key contributors Sheldon Adelson has made it clear that he wants politicians he contributed to to get a ban passed.