02.26.15

After Extended Delay, Judiciary Committee Approves Attorney General Nominee Lynch

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015) – A bipartisan majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the 83rd Attorney General of the United States.  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the committee’s Ranking Member, said the Senate must quickly confirm Lynch to serve as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.

“Anyone who watched the Judiciary Committee hearings four weeks ago learned that Loretta Lynch is a well-respected prosecutor who has earned the respect and admiration of both Republicans and Democrats,” Leahy said at Thursday’s executive business meeting. “This highly qualified nominee to become our next attorney general has been pending longer than any other nominee in modern history. It is time to end this needless delay and confirm Loretta Lynch. Republicans should not play politics when it comes to confirming our nation’s top law enforcement officer.”

Earlier this month, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee postponed a vote on Lynch’s nomination. The move was unprecedented, and came the same day the Senate confirmed Ashton Carter to serve as Secretary of Defense.

Lynch’s nomination to serve as Attorney General has been pending 110 days.  She testified last month before the Judiciary Committee for nearly 8 hours, and has responded to nearly 900 written questions.  In recent days, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, former New York Police Commissioners Raymond W. Kelly, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights have all called for her confirmation. Lynch’s nomination to be Attorney General has broad support from law enforcement, fellow prosecutors, civil rights groups, and legal practitioners.

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