Republicans in Congress are expected to push back President Barack Obama’s new Attorney General nominee until at least January 2015. The cramped post-election schedule, stubborn opponents, and the impending holiday season makes it unlikely anything will be decided in December.
Too bad. “(U.S. Attorney) Loretta Lynch stands out from the crowd, and not just because she’s often the only Black, female face in a sea of white men. The current US District Attorney for the Eastern District of New York has been a fierce advocate for those under her care, including some of the most marginalized groups, and she’s equally unafraid to go up against some big names, including members of Congress,” wrote a blogger on Care2.com.
As current U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s first choice, Lynch comes highly recommended for the top spot in the Dept. of Justice. Holder is resigning.
Lynch has been involved in several key civil rights events, and did pro bono work to bring justice to the genocide situation in Rwanda. She is a Harvard graduate, and has spent a large chunk of her professional career working in the offices of US attorneys and serving as one herself. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Eastern District of New York in 1999 and she served there until 2001. Lynch then moved to private litigation and served as a member of the board for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she prosecuted both Republican and Democratic representatives for fraud and other crimes, and hauled both Citibank and HSBC to court.
President Barack Obama, called her back to the federal sector in 2010, where she has remained as US District Attorney for the Eastern District ever since.
The president announced Lynch’s nomination on Nov. 8, but critics say he has moved too slowly. Some speculate he did not want to rock the boat by publicly choosing her before the election. The shift to a Republican-controlled Senate, which will take shape in January, is expected to give conservatives more momentum to block any of the president’s nominations.
Despite Secretary of State John Kerry’s assessment that there are some nominees who have been waiting more than six months for Senate confirmations, and the high-profile nature of the position, a hearing are not expected to move quickly.
In fact, according to Care2.com, “Members of the conservative community are already out to smear her, and Breitbart (www.Breitbart.com) already made a pretty embarrassing misstep when he confused her with an attorney involved in the Whitewater scandal. Wrong Loretta Lynch, but nice try!”