President Obama nominates Loretta Lynch to be next Attorney General

President Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as the next Attorney General of the United States.

Obama:

“The person in this position is responsible for enforcing our federal laws, including protecting our civil rights. Working with the remarkable men and women of the Justice Department, the Attorney General oversees the vast portfolio of cases, including counterterrorism and voting rights; public corruption and white-collar crime; judicial recommendations and policy reviews — all of which impact on the lives of every American, and shape the life of our nation.”

As one of the longest-serving Attorney Generals in our history, Eric Holder “ fulfilled these duties with a commitment to justice, not as an abstract theory but as a principle.”

Lynch:

“The Department of Justice is the only Cabinet Department named for an ideal. And this is actually appropriate. Because our work is both aspirational, and grounded in gritty reality.”

Attorney General Holder’s fierce commitment to the pursuit of that principle is shared by U.S. Attorney Lynch. The daughter of a school librarian and a fourth-generation Baptist minister, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, she is an independent lawyer who headed one of the most prominent U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country twice.

As the head of the eastern district of New York, Lynch successfully prosecuted the terrorists who plotted to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank and the New York City subway. She has brought charges against public officials in both parties on corruption charges. Lynch’s helped secure billions in settlements from some of the world’s biggest banks accused of fraud, and jailed some of New York’s most violent and notorious mobsters and gang members.

One of her proudest achievements was the civil rights prosecution of the officers involved in the brutal assault of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.

Lynch, accepting the nomination:

“Today, I stand before you so thrilled, and, frankly, so humbled to have the opportunity to lead this group of wonderful people who work all day and well into the night to make that ideal a manifest reality, all as part of their steadfast protection of the citizens of this country.”

Source: The White House

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