Outside Witnesses on AG Nominee Loretta Lynch: “She is trustworthy and honest to the core of her being”

WASHINGTON (Thursday, January 29, 2015) – During today’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing regarding the nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as Attorney General, a panel of outside witnesses including those who know her personally and professionally gave testimony about her record and qualifications.

David Barlow, the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah and a former Chief Counsel for Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), offered insight into Lynch’s record as an independent, apolitical prosecutor.

Where strong feelings created the risk of bringing more heat than light to the exchange, Loretta brought only light.  She was clearly tough, but also fair and gracious. That initial impression of Loretta was confirmed and deepened as I served with her on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee…  She is tough, fair, gracious, smart, and independent,” Barlow said.  

The Rev. Clarence Newsome, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center who has known Lynch her entire life, said “her career trajectory is consistent with the extraordinary intellectual ability and prowess, discipline and even courage she demonstrated during her youth.”

Early on she dared to dream to become the best of the best, and she has accomplished this in the field of law and jurisprudence. Loretta is trustworthy and honest to the core of her being; and she would exercise her responsibilities objectively and without bias.  She would demonstrate an unequivocal commitment to the spirit and the letter of the law,” Rev. Newsome said

And Janice Fedarcyk, who served as the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York Office, provided detailed accounts of Lynch’s work fighting crime and corruption in New York.

I have never known Ms. Lynch to make a decision based upon politics or outside influences.  Ms. Lynch consistently demonstrated fairness, respect for others, and a deep sense of duty.  During our association I was privileged to observe her commitment to mission, her personal involvement in issues that invariably arose in our work as well as those within the broader law enforcement community,” Fedarcyk said.

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) praised Lynch’s straightforward testimony during her appearance before the Committee on Wednesday, noting that “on issue after issue, it was clear that Ms. Lynch is an independent lawyer of strong character and balanced demeanor.”

Lynch’s nomination has broad support from law enforcement, fellow prosecutors, civil rights groups, and legal practitioners.


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