President Barack Obama on Nov. 8 officially announced Loretta E. Lynch as his nominee for U.S. Attorney General to replace Eric Holder, who resigned from the position in September. President Obama picked Ms. Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, which covers Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. If she is confirmed, she would be the first black female to fill the position. It would be virtually impossible not to confirm this nominee if qualifications still count in the confirmation process.
Upon announcing her nomination, President Obama said Ms. Lynch “might be the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters and drug lords and terrorists,” and still has a reputation for being “a charming people person.” For those who didn’t know about the nominee, her office is known for prosecuting people accused of terrorism, including those accused of plotting to set off bombs in the subway. Additionally, she has overseen the prosecutions of public officials in corruption cases, including a state senator convicted for taking funds from taxpayer-subsidized health clinics he supervised and a state assemblyman convicted for accepting bribes.
Ms. Lynch is known among her colleagues at the Justice Department as a quiet hard-worker, who unlike many in positions of influence and visibility, avoids the spotlight and the political game. It may be good for her that she has no personal ties to President Obama. That may serve her well in confirmation hearings in a political climate when connections to the President are quite often more of a hindrance than a help.
Ms. Lynch, 55, was born in Greensboro, N.C. Her mother was a librarian and her father a Baptist minister who was also active in the civil rights movement. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. While it’s unusual for a U.S. Attorney to be moved directly into the position of U.S. Attorney General, I believe this nominee should be an exception to that rule. Ms. Lynch has served as an advisor to the man she will replace, chairing a committee that advises the Attorney General on policy. I believe that President Obama made a good selection and hopefully the Senate will promptly confirm this nominee.
Sources: al.com and New York Times
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