Loretta Lynch is Likely to be Our Next Attorney General
Loretta Elizabeth Lynch (born May 21, 1959) is the current United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. She was initially appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999 and remained in the position until 2001. In 2001, she left the U.S. Attorney’s office to become a partner at Hogan & Hartson (later to become Hogan Lovells).
From 2003 to 2005, she was a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
President Obama appointed her to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York a second time in 2010. Lynch oversees federal prosecutions in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.
On November 8, 2014, Obama nominated her to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States.
She’s a 55 year-old black woman who is also a lifelong democrat and a Harvard graduate (is that any surprise?).
She is only in the second day of her confirmation hearings and already a pattern has started to develop. A pattern of obfuscation: i.e., a willful pattern of statements designed to be confusing, ambiguous, or hard to interpret. Obfuscation is one of the words that have been made popular by the Obama administration (the most transparent administration evah).
Republicans (and especially conservatives) don’t want another Eric Holder as Attorney General, so the “pride of Texas” [sarcasm] Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) asked the probing question, “You’re not Eric Holder, are you?” She answered, “No, I’m not, sir.”
That ended the Senator’s probing questions. As a Texan, Cornyn’s meek acceptance of Obama’s new Attorney General didn’t exactly fill me with pride.
On the other hand, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) did ask a pointed question: whether individuals in the country legally or those who are here unlawfully have more of a right to a job, Lynch replied, “The right and the obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here.”
Got that? Illegals have as much right to work here as American citizens – and that doesn’t even address the point that employers can’t legally hire them. She has no problem with jobs going to illegals rather than American citizens – no preference. Can you believe that?
Sen. Sessions asked whether she agrees with Holder’s stated opinion that amnesty (and citizenship) for illegal aliens in America is a civil right. Lynch dodged the question saying she hasn’t “studied the issue enough” to give a legal opinion. He didn’t ask for a legal opinion, just her personal opinion.
She has been well coached. She no doubt graduated at the top of her class at Obamfuscation University; she’ll fit right in.
She has taken the same position on several questions. When asked a direct question, designed to elicit a simple, definitive answer, several times she responded that she hadn’t studied the issue and therefore wasn’t in a position to give a legal opinion.
No one asked Ms. Lynch to provide a legal opinion on the various subjects on which she was questioned, only her own personal opinion, yet she declined and claimed she didn’t have enough information on which to base a decision.
Ms. Lynch has also evaded questions from Louisiana senator David Vitter about whether the amnesty order will actually be carried out on a “case-by-case basis,” as even the administration’s own lawyers say is required by law, and from Utah senator Mike Lee and Texas senator Ted Cruz about whether a future president could, under President Obama’s rationale of “prosecutorial discretion,” decline to enforce tax or labor or environmental laws.
But perhaps the scariest thing is her belief that the president’s executive order is “legal and constitutional” accepting the president’s own alarming view, and simply confirms that Ms. Lynch, like Eric Holder, would lend the Justice Department’s endorsement to the president’s lawlessness.
Unfortunately, early indications suggest that Lynch will probably be confirmed. Republicans Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Orrin Hatch, (R-UT), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have said that they are inclined to support her nomination and Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ) has already indicated his backing for Lynch when the full Senate votes. No doubt, squishy John Cornyn will vote to confirm as well.
Graham, Hatch, and McCain will vote for her, Cruz and Lee will vote against her … same old, same old? See a pattern here?