Obama’s pick for attorney general aims to smooth ties with Congress

Loretta Lynch is sworn in to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on her nomination to be U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2015. CREDIT: REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE

(Reuters) – Loretta Lynch, U.S. President Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general, on Wednesday sought to strike a conciliatory tone with Republican senators eager to use her confirmation hearing as an opportunity to air grievances about Obama’s policies including immigration reform.

The approach marked a departure from her predecessor, Eric Holder, an unapologetic liberal voice and one of Obama’s closest allies.

“I look forward to fostering a new and improved relationship with this Committee, the United States Senate, and the entire United States Congress,” Lynch said in opening remarks before a packed hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee that included Lynch’s family and members of her Harvard Delta Sigma Theta sorority wearing red jackets.

Lynch, nominated in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation.

Still, Republicans appeared set to take aim at Obama’s November immigration order, which eased the threat of deportation for some five million undocumented immigrants, and at Holder’s time in the cabinet…

  • General P. Malaise
    • Exile1981

      I’ve heard of this one before; the fact that she has been the primary driver behind those sorts of seizures should invalidate her from the office of AG.

    • Just a thought

      They all are, it would seem. And if there is one among them who is not, it’s an unplanned anomaly.

  • Anyone Obama picks has GOT to be subversive.

  • glasnost

    For some reason I just can’t stop my knee from jerking.

  • Dana Garcia

    Jeff Sessions nailed her for supporting the non-existent “right” for illegal aliens to steal American jobs, which is prohibited by the IRCA law passed by Congress in 1986.


    SENATOR SESSIONS: Let me ask you this: In the workplace America today, when we have a high number of unemployed, we’ve had declining wages for many years, we have the lowest percentage of Americans working. Who has more right to a job in this country? A lawful immigrant who is here, a green card holder, a citizen, or a person who has entered the country unlawfully?

    NOMINEE LYNCH: Senator, I believe the right and the obligation to work is one that is shared by everyone in this country, regardless of how they came here, and certainly if someone is here regardless of status I would prefer that they be participating in the workplace than not be participating in the workplace.

  • David Murrell

    “Eric Holder, an unapologetic liberal voice..”.

    meaning: Eric Holder has close ties with organized criminal gangs; is sympathetic with radical Islamists in the U.S.; was instrumental in corrupt Chicago-styled government within his Obama administration. This is liberalism today.

    • Frau Katze

      It’s gone downhill (“liberalism”) since the 19th century. Now it’s just a bunch of special interest groups pushing their own causes.

  • Clausewitz

    Just another in the long line of affirmative action appointments by the Obama regime. How’s that been working out so far?

  • simus1

    If she wasn’t a crook, Emperor Barry &Co would never appoint her to anything.

  • Freedom

    She is against voter ID that alone is a deal breaker for me.
    Basically no voter ID gives the democrats an easy way to cheat in elections.

  • Heltau

    She is part of the dihmiturd party.
    Case closed.

  • WalterBannon

    Meet the new crook, same as the old crook

  • cmh

    Not another ‘I Can’t Breathe’ bitch. OMG.