President Barack Obama‘s next Attorney General was confirmed Thursday when the Senate finally voted for Loretta Lynch
With a 56-43 vote, making her the first Black female Attorney General in United States history, Loretta Lynch was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General this past Thursday. Lynch will be sworn in on Monday after being stalled by the Senate. Republicans leading the Senate refused to bring her nomination up for a vote until Democrats cut a deal on abortion in an unrelated bill.
President Obama made his choice for Loretta Lynch to replace Attorney General Eric Holder back in November and her nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee in February. Lynch was forced to wait longer than the seven most recent U.S. attorneys generals combined for a vote on the Senate floor. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted on first finishing work on an the unrelated bill. That legislation passed Wednesday, setting up Thursday’s vote and ending the procrastinated decision to vote Lynch in.
Ten Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined Democrats. Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz was the only senator not to vote. Loretta Lynch’s father, Lorenzo A. Lynch, was in the Senate gallery watching when the historic vote took place and made the following statement to CNN reporters…
The good guys won. That’s what has happened in this country all along. Even during slavery. Levi Coffin was a founder of the Underground Railroad. Even during slavery. A white man fought against slavery. So all over this land good folks have stood in the right lane, in the right path.”
Lynch, 55, is a two-time U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. With a background in the criminal justice system as a prosecutor who confronted the ongoing threat of terrorism and police brutality cases, Obama praised Lynch for successfully prosecuting the terrorists who plotted to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank and the New York City subway.
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