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Profile: Loretta Lynch, Attorney General Nominee

By Alissa Griffin

Loretta C. Lynch Attorney HeadshotsPresident Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch as the new Attorney General was a controversial one considering he chose to do so now rather than in the current session when Republicans will have the majority in both chambers.

“Democrat senators who just lost their seats shouldn’t confirm (a) new Attorney General. (They) should be vetted by (the) new Congress,” Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted after the nomination was official.

Regardless of the backlash derived from this nomination, Obama has remained unwavering in his decision, and continually reiterates that Lynch is the most qualified candidate for Attorney General, according to a Fox News report.

Whether or not Lynch will be approved is unknown. According to a North County Public Radio report, her friends say that she is not widely known mainly because she prefers to let her accomplishments speak for themselves. According to a Fox News report, supporters of Lynch for Attorney General say that her reputation as a civil rights activist and powerful leader is what the United States needs now with the increase in high-profile civil rights cases. Here are ten of her experiences that could help her as Attorney General.

 

  1. She is the lead federal prosecutor for New York.
  2. She attended Harvard law school.
  3. She held a key role in the team that prosecuted the officers involved in the broomstick abuse of a Haitian immigrant, Abner Louima, in a precinct bathroom in 1997.
  4. Lynch was the federal prosecutor during the 2012 conviction of Nahibullah Zazi for his plot to bomb the city’s subway system.
  5. She charged Republican congressman, Michael Grimm, on fraud charges (Grimm has pleaded not guilty and was reelected on Tuesday).
  6. She has been investigating money-laundering allegations against an ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
  7. Lynch investigates crimes for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
  8. She prosecuted a New York State Assemblyman William F. Boyland, Jr. caught accepting bribes.
  9. Lynch charged the head of a drug cartel with 12 murders.
  10. She was appointed as US attorney by President Bill Clinton and held the position from 1999-2001 and was reelected by President Barack Obama in 2010.
  • written by Alissa Griffin on November 15th, 2014
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