Report: U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch Will Likely Become Nation’s First Black, Female Attorney General
The nation was a bit surprised when our current Attorney General, Eric Holder announced his plans to step down in September. But the country must keeping forward. And the name of President Obama’s likely pick has hit the news cycle. Though it won’t be official until there is an announcement from the White House, CNN is reporting that the likely pick is Loretta Lynch.
Lynch is currently serving her second stint as U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York. President Obama appointed her to the position in 2010, after she had already served under President Clinton from 1999 to 2001.
If officially appointed, Lynch will become the first African American woman to hold the position.
She would be the second woman, after Janet Reno and the second African American after Eric Holder.
Lynch has built a solid reputation in Brooklyn, New York. Notably serving on the trial team that prosecuted and convicted New York City police officers for violating the civil rights of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima by beating and sodomizing him while he was in their custody.
Many believe with the current state of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting death of Michael Brown, Lynch’s experiences with civil rights matters could help.
CNN reports that Lynch has “quietly built a solid reputation” in NY. And in 2010, when she was nominated she gained Senate approval with a voice vote, meaning that Republicans didn’t find her controversial.
But that support might not be so unanimous this time around. For the past few months, Lynch has been leading the prosecution behind Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) for alleged tax fraud. Grimm retained his seat, winning reelection this week despite being under indictment and said that he felt the investigation was politically motivated.
According to CNN, GOP aides, upon hearing the news that she would be President Obama’s pick, said that they didn’t know much about her. Others grumbled, “It’d be nice if the White House called to let us know.”
The White House is not required to inform Congress in advance about their cabinet pickings. And judging by the turnout of this week’s election, I’m sure the president is not quick to inform the Republicans about a damn thing.
Ted Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas, after hearing of Lynch’s potential nomination, took to Twitter saying she shouldn’t be confirmed during the lame-duck session.
“Democratic senators who just lost their seats shouldn’t confirm, new Attorney General. Should be vetted by new Congress.”
But not everyone seems to be opposed to the choice, Republican senator Lindsey Graham said Lynch seems like a solid choice and is qualified for the position.
It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out. But we’re certainly rooting for Ms. Loretta Lynch to take this prestigious office.
You can learn a bit more about her in segment CNN recently aired.