It pains me to come to the conclusion that Loretta Lynch should not be confirmed as our next Attorney General.
As I wrote before, Lynch was a law school classmate. While we were not "friends," we were acquaintances. I have only good memories of her, and it does not surprise me that she has accomplished so much.
Lynch is not Eric Holder, in so many ways. Holder was the consummate political being, who leaves a history of shattered constitutional and other principles in his wake. Lynch assured the Judiciary Committee that she could say "No" to a president.
That sequence, and so much of the testimony at the confirmation hearings, was more about Holder than Lynch. And it was devastating.
Jonathan Turley, who supports Lynch, gave another stinging indictment of the Obama-Holder constitutional legacy:
As expected, on Saturday Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General.
I'm not sure how many more times I'll make this disclosure -- but for the second time I'll note that I'm biased in favor of my law school classmate. I remember Loretta as a very nice person, not something that can be said about some of my classmates.
Loretta's career, to the extent I've followed it, seems pretty straight forward as a prosecutor:
President Clinton first appointed Lynch to be a U.S. Attorney in 1999. She left for private practice in 2001 before being appointed a second time by Obama in 2010.
In her years in the post, Lynch's office in Brooklyn has handled a wide-ranging caseload — cutting-edge cybercrime, high-stakes financial fraud and dramatic Mafia busts straight out of a Martin Scorsese movie.
The office also helped convict the masterminds of the thwarted al Qaeda plot to attack the New York subway system.
This year, Lynch's office announced it would indict Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., on federal fraud, tax evasion and perjury charges. Grimm, who won his re-election bid Tuesday, has pleaded not guilty. Lynch has also prosecuted several Democratic public officials, including State Sen. John L. Sampson, former State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. and Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr.
Update 7 p.m.:It's official:
In a second trail-blazing pick for the nation's top law enforcement officer, President Barack Obama intends to nominate the federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, to become the next attorney general and the first black woman to lead the Justice Department.
Obama's spokesman said Friday that he will announce his selection of Loretta Lynch from the White House on Saturday. If confirmed by the Senate, she would replace Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September after serving as the nation's first black attorney general.
I admit, I'm prejudiced in favor of Loretta Lynch, my law school classmate and then good acquaintance.
Other than a brief encounter at a reunion, I have not had contact with her since 1984, but I've followed her career. While there certainly is more research to be done, I never viewed her as politicized in her conduct as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
It is reported she will be nominated to replace Eric Holder:
US Attorney Loretta Lynch to be tapped by POTUS to be new Atty General, @evanperez reports