02.25.15

Ahead Of Committee Vote, Leahy Calls For SJC To Support AG Nominee Lynch

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, February 25, 2015) – Tomorrow (Thursday), the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider 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 both the Committee and the full Senate must vote to confirm her without further delay.

“Anyone who watched the Judiciary Committee hearing four weeks ago learned that Loretta Lynch is a superb prosecutor who has earned the respect and admiration of both Republicans and Democrats,” Leahy said.  “Now she is set to finally receive a vote in committee. Rather than seeking to score political points for their next election, Senators should consider Ms. Lynch’s long and laudable record of public service. Our nation’s top law enforcement officer deserves no less.”

Lynch’s nomination to serve as Attorney General has been pending 109 days.  She testified last month before the Judiciary Committee for nearly 8 hours, and has responded to nearly 900 written questions.  Her nomination to be Attorney General has broad support from law enforcement, fellow prosecutors, civil rights groups, and legal practitioners.

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Broad Support for Loretta Lynch, Historic AG Nominee

  • I have found her to be intelligent, tough, fair, and always careful and thoughtful in her handling of difficult issues. She follows the facts, evenly applies the law, and ultimately is always interested in doing the right thing. U.S. Attorney Lynch, in my opinion, upholds the highest ethical standard, and would serve our country well as Attorney General.” former New York Police Commissioners Raymond W. Kelly (statement)
  • The IACP believes that Ms. Lynch’s years of service have clearly demonstrated that she has the qualifications and experience necessary to be an effective leader of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Lynch’s broad base of experience provides her with a unique perspective on criminal justice issues. Her service as both a front line prosecutor and as a U.S. Attorney have ensured that she has a thorough understanding of the crucial role played by state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.” International Association of Chiefs of Police (letter of support)
  • Loretta Lynch is a remarkable prosecutor with a clear sense of justice without fear or favor.  She has prosecuted the most serious terrorist plots against New York City since 9-11.  She has led the investigations into violent street gangs, as well as complex, and multi-million dollar cyber crews.  Loretta has jailed the top leaders of organized crime and corrupt public officials.  She has been a steady hand in New York’s battles against crime, corruption, and terrorism.  She has been a great partner for the NYPD and great friend to me.”  New York Police Commission William Bratton  (CBS, 11/8/14)
  • It is our hope that the Senate will confirm Ms. Lynch promptly to serve as the Attorney General of the United States. In addition to Ms. Lynch’s many accomplishments, she also serves as a role model to all women in law enforcement. Research shows that role models serve a critical component in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in law enforcement.” Women in Federal Law Enforcement (letter of support)
  • “As a community that is particularly vulnerable to bias-motivated violence, the LGBT community supports the appointment of an Attorney General who is committed to combating this national problem. While acting as United States Attorney for the Eastern District, Ms. Lynch has demonstrated a clear understanding of the dynamics of hate crimes – that a hate crime is not only a crime against one person, but an attack against an entire community. Her vigilant prosecution of hate crimes assures that she will continue to lead a Department that takes hate-based violence seriously.” Human Rights Campaign (letter of support)
  • “With over 30 years of legal experience, Ms. Lynch is unwavering in her efforts to create a more justice society…[S]he recognizes the value of all people and has fought vigorously to ensure their equal protection under the law.” Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) (letter of support)
  • “Ms. Lynch’s current service as USA has also demonstrated her strong commitment to the even-handed enforcement of every major criminal and civil program of significance… I am certain that Ms. Lynch will be an outstanding Attorney General.” Louis Freeh, former FBI director and federal judge (letter of support)

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