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“We appreciate Ms. Lynch for her many years of outstanding service to our nation,” the letter says. “Nonetheless, having observed her nomination hearing testimony, we can only conclude that she has no intention of departing in any meaningful way from the policies of Attorney General Eric Holder, who has politicized the Department of Justice and done considerable harm to the administration of justice.”

Still, there are nine Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee so the GOP opposition doesn’t mean Lynch’s confirmation is dead in the water – it’s not – it just means that Republicans are trying to make her ascendency to the nation’s top legal position very difficult. By sticking it to Lynch, Republicans are sticking it to Obama.

So what’s at stake?

Lynch is trying to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at a time when there are a number of critical civil rights cases involving African-Americans that Holder has promised to resolve before he steps down. Lynch is the current United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Her current tenure as U.S. Attorney began in 2010, and she previously held the position from 1999−2001. As U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Lynch oversees federal prosecutions in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

More importantly, civil rights activists are looking to Lynch to take up the mantle and continue pursuing civil rights cases — like the Michael Brown case — with the same passion that Holder has exhibited.

So as we wait to see how the Senate will vote on Lynch’s nomination — and I believe she would make an outstanding Attorney General – I should point out that Ash Carter cruised through his confirmation process to become the next Secretary of Defense after only 70 days, and Lynch, who was nominated by Obama on November 8, 2014 –more than three months ago – is still stuck in political quicksand.

Lynch’s credentials are impeccable. Her judicial experience, fairness and temperament is unquestioned. So what’s the holdup?

What do you think?

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Will The GOP Torpedo Loretta Lynch’s Nomination As Attorney General?  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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