Politics: Loretta Lynch Nominated for Attorney General

After more than five months, the Senate has nominated Loretta Lynch for attorney general. Lynch’s nomination was historic from the beginning since she will be the first African American woman to serve as attorney general. At least six Republicans said they will vote for her, so with the votes of the 46 democrats, she should have the 51 votes necessary to be confirmed. A two-time U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Lynch will be taking on the high-profile job at a time when America is facing many challenges from strained relations and deep distrust in cities between the police and the communities they serve to confronting the ongoing threat of terrorism. In terms of terrorism, Lynch does have great experience since the Eastern District of New York has tried more terrorism cases since 9/11 than any other office. President Barack Obama has praised Lynch for successfully prosecuting the terrorists who plotted to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank and the New York City subway. Obama called his pick to be tough, fair and independent, explaining, “Loretta might be the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters and drugs lords and terrorists and still has the reputation for being a charming people person.”

Contributor: Chelsea Edirisuriya

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