Loretta Lynch Has Received Widespread Support to be Attorney General

From The Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff
Loretta Lynch Has Received Widespread Support to be Attorney General


Loretta Lynch currently serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (April 2010-current).  She previously served in this post during the Clinton administration (July 1999-June 2001).  Lynch is highly qualified, fair-minded and independent, and has received broad bipartisan support for her nomination to be Attorney General.

Endorsed by the Law Enforcement Community

  • No one more qualified.  Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI and federal judge, has written simply that “[i]n my twenty-five years of public service – 23 in the Department of Justice – I cannot think of a more qualified nominee to be America’s chief law enforcement officer.”  Moreover, in noting the great admiration of law enforcement for Lynch, former Director Freeh writes, “Ms. Lynch has worked tirelessly to defend FBI Agents, New York Police Department officers, DEA Agents and US Marshals against false allegations by subject drug dealers.  This has earned her the lasting respect and admiration of the thousands of law enforcement officers who work in New York City.”
  • “Clear sense of justice without fear or favor.”  New York Police Commissioner William Bratton issued a strong statement of support for Loretta Lynch.  He said: “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.”  [“Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch Picked As Attorney General Nominee,” CBS, 11/8/14.]
  • “Strong leader.”  Jon Adler, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, which represents over 26,000 active and retired federal law enforcement officers has written that Lynch is a “strong leader” who would “bring a calm, well-informed perspective to the Attorney General position.”
  • “Long and distinguished record of service.”  Tom Manger, the President of the Major Chiefs Association, which represents the 67 largest local law enforcement agencies in the nation, has written in support of Lynch’s nomination, noting her “long and distinguished record of service” and urging her “swift confirmation.”
  • “Breadth and depth of experience.”  The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), has written in support of Lynch, observing that her “breadth and depth of experience in public service, management, and leadership…make her an exceptional candidate for this post.”

Considered a “Straight Shooter” and “Hero” By Conservatives

  • Bill O’Reilly praised her as a “hero” for bringing federal charges against a child rapist.  Lynch brought federal charges against a child rapist who received a low sentence of only two years in state court.  Bill O’Reilly called her a “hero” and said she “should be respected by all Americans for standing up to a gross injustice.”  [Bill O’Reilly, Loretta Lynch Is A Hero, Protecting Kids, O’Reilly Factor 7/27/2012.]

Unreservedly Supported by Fellow Prosecutors

  • Guided by the law and not politics.  Kathleen Rice, then-District Attorney for Nassau County, sent a letter supporting Lynch and stating that “Ms. Lynch is not a partisan figure, and allows the law – not politics – to guide her as she serves as an advocate for all Americans.  In today’s too-partisan environment in Washington, Ms. Lynch is a refreshingly non- partisan professional that the Senate – and the nation – should support.”
  • Fair, balanced, and independent.  The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), representing 2500 District Attorneys across the United States as well as 40,000 assistant district attorneys wrote that the NDAA “feels very strongly that Ms. Lynch will be a fair, balanced, and independent Attorney General.”
  • Making communities safer and the justice system fair.  The former United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of New York have written in support of the nomination and stated that Lynch “is deeply committed to making our communities safer and our justice system effective, efficient and, above all, fair.”

Bipartisan Support from Republicans and Democrats

  • “If I were in the Senate, I would confirm her.”  The former Republican mayor of New York City, Rudy Guiliani, stated his support for Lynch when discussing her nomination.  Giuliani had previously worked with Lynch on the prosecution of the police officers responsible for assaulting Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in the late 1990s.  [Edward-Isaac Dovere and Josh Gerstein, “The Best Last Choice,” Politico, 11/13/14.]
  • Possesses the necessary experience, temperament independence, integrity, and judgment.  Twenty-five former United States Attorneys from both Republican and Democratic administrations, who have personally had dealings with Lynch, have written in support of her nomination and state:  “we believe that Ms. Lynch has the experience, temperament, independence, integrity, and judgment to immediately assume this critically important position.”
  • Endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus.  The Congressional Black Caucus has written “to endorse and fully support” the nomination of Loretta Lynch, noting that “[s]he is an attorney of high intellect and character and possesses all of the qualifications for this high office.”

Support of the Civil Rights Community

  • “Historic nomination” would provide a “steady hand.”  The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 civil rights organizations has written in strong support of Lynch.  The letter states that “As a strong, fair and independent prosecutor who has served two presidential administrations with distinction, we are confident Ms. Lynch would bring a steady hand to guide the Department of Justice, an agency that is vitally important to the civil and human [rights] community because it serves as our nation’s central agency to enforce federal laws. Importantly, she would make history as the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General.”
  • Lynch is “dedicated to equal justice under the law.”  Marc Morial, the President and CEO of the National Urban League, a historically renown civil rights organization, has submitted a statement in support of Lynch, noting that she “has distinguished herself as a tough, fair, independent lawyer dedicated to equal justice under the law.”

Backing of the Business Community

  • Someone who is “even handed” and would “stand[] up for the rule of law.”  Audrey Strauss, the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Alcoa, Inc., has written that:  “As the Chief Legal Officer of a large public company, I am acutely aware of how important it is to have the federal government enforce the laws in an even handed way…  I would trust Loretta to strike that balance correctly, standing up for rule of law but remaining open to hearing arguments from the defense bar and reaching reasonable decisions in each case.”
  • Lynch is “balanced, open-minded” and “tough but fair.”  Kevin O’Connor of United Technologies has stated that “as the chief ethics and compliance officer of a large, global company based in the United States, I fully appreciate the need for an Attorney General who will employ a balanced, open-minded approach to enforcing the law against all parties, whether they be corporations or individuals.  Based on her proven record of being tough but fair, I have full confidence that, should she be confirmed as Attorney General, Ms. Lynch will do just that.”
  • Would enforce the law both here and abroad.  Sara Moss, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Estee Lauder Companies, an American company with global sales of over twenty billion dollars has written in support of her nomination.  She stated, “[a]lmost all of our innovation takes place in the United States and we employ over 40,000 people in our headquarters, factories and our retail stores throughout America.  It is critically important to Estee Lauder that the law be strongly enforced both here and abroad. I know that Loretta Lynch will do that.”

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