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On January 28 and 29, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General of the United States. The hearings made clear how qualified Ms. Lynch is to be our nation’s top law enforcement officer. Not a single witness opposed her confirmation. Questions from Republican senators concerned only President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and current Department of Justice policies with which the senators disagree. This is in stark contrast to past confirmation hearings where witnesses and senators inquired into the qualifications of the nominee.
The witnesses at the hearing stressed that Ms. Lynch has been smart, tough, and fair in all of her past positions. David Barlow, a witness and Senator Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) former legal counsel, described her as a “leader among leaders.” She is an accomplished attorney who has consistently impressed her peers and colleagues. As Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made clear in his opening statement, “If we can’t confirm Loretta Lynch, then I don’t believe we can confirm anyone.”
The hearings and Ms. Lynch’s record demonstrate that she is well qualified to be the next attorney general. Many senators spent the hearings attacking Attorney General Holder, but Ms. Lynch’s nomination deserves to be considered on its own merits.
Below, we analyze her views on a number of issues relevant to her nomination, in light of recent rollbacks of voting rights, an economy still recovering from the Great Recession, and high-profile corruption charges of public officials. The issues include:
- Protecting civil rights;
- Prosecuting corporate fraud; and
- Fighting public corruption.