01.29.15

Leahy: It Is Time To Confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

WASHINGTON (Thursday, January 29, 2015) – After two days of hearings regarding the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the Attorney General of the United States, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Thursday that the Committee should act quickly to vote on this historic nomination.

“Yesterday, Ms. Lynch testified about the values and independence she would bring to the office of the Attorney General. I am encouraged that Republican Senators on the Committee agree with me that the key question for voting for a nominee to be Attorney General is independence—a trait that Ms. Lynch clearly has, and which her personal and professional associates have also praised.  I hope and expect that the Judiciary Committee will soon vote on this highly qualified nominee, and that the Senate will confirm her,” Leahy said.

Lynch’s nomination has been pending longer than any other Attorney General nominee in recent history. If the Senate does not confirm her before the President’s Day recess, her nomination will have languished more than 100 days.

Lynch testified before the Committee for nearly eight hours on Wednesday on a range of issues from supporting victims of human trafficking to working with law enforcement.  On Thursday, the Committee heard several hours of testimony from a panel of nine outside witnesses, including those who know Lynch personally and professionally.  Not one of the witnesses who testified today oppose the nomination of Loretta Lynch.

The Senate has twice unanimously confirmed Lynch to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in 2000 and 2010.  Her nomination to serve as Attorney General has broad support from law enforcement, fellow prosecutors, civil rights groups, and legal practitioners.

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