Finally, confirmed by the United States Senate, Loretta Lynch has been approved as attorney general. According to the New York Times, “Ms.Lynch, the United States attorney for the East District of New York, was confirmed 56 to 43, with 10 Republicans voting for her.”
Lynch will oversee federal prosecutions in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. Though this process dragged and was very much embarrassing, it was never about her personally, but it was her support for President Obama’s executive actions on immigration was provoking those in disapproval. Conservative groups tried to block voting for Lynch altogether.
“We do not have to confirm someone to the highest law enforcement position in America if that someone has committed to denigrating Congress.”
“We don’t need to be apologetic about it, colleagues,” said, Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama.
In a turn around of events, many colleagues were voting for Lynch despite everything against her. Earlier today Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, took to her defense.
“She is a historic nominee, but also Senate Republicans are making history, and I would say for the wrong reasons,” he said. “I can only hope that Senate Republicans will show her more respect as the attorney general of the United States than they did as a nominee. She has earned this respect. Her story is one of perseverance, of grace and grit.”
As the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Lynch just made history.