Thursday, April 23rd marked an historic day in America as the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States, becoming the first African American female to sit as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Lynch replaces the first African American to hold the position, Eric Holder, who stepped down from the post after six years in the position. The back-to-back historic confirmations have been seen by some Americans as an overall positive for the nation. Unfortunately, despite those claims of victory for the country, the individuals being confirmed have been and will be pawns of the current President’s administration.
Eric Holder was appointed Attorney General by President Obama in 2009. Prior to his confirmation, Holder held the positions of a U.S. Attorney, judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He is one of the longest tenured members of the president’s original cabinet and is the only cabinet member in the history of the country to be held in contempt of Congress, occurring during the Fast and Furious investigation.
Holder’s confirmation created hope for many who renounced the actions of the previous administration. But Holder took a Nixonian-style philosophy, promoting the idea that any action the president orders can be confirmed as legal. He has been consistently criticized for his support of President Obama on numerous topics over the past six years.
Holder defended the president’s choice to assassinate individuals outside of the United States, including Americans, explaining that, “[d]ue process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, it does not guarantee judicial process.” Americans expressed their concerns over the Bush’s administration use of wiretaps without warrants, yet Holder and Obama continued similar practices by defending the NSA’s warrant-less investigation of communication between Americans.
Holder continued the traditions of other Attorneys General exonerating government officials that committed crimes, including the officials involved in the admitted torture of foreign prisoners, also supporting the suppression of massive amounts of information about that torture. The now-former Attorney General has continually supported unlawful regulations proposed during his reign, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s rule punishing businesses that refuse to hire ex-convicts, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s rule creating an arbitrary new standard to punish businesses that fail to give preferential treatment to minorities, and the White House’s reworking of the Affordable Care Act to protect Democratic candidates from anti-ObamaCare criticism. Holder’s appointment and confirmation initially brought hope of “change” promised by the Obama campaign but only supplied the nation with continued corruption and dissatisfaction.
Moving on, we look at the newly elected Loretta Lynch. The former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York was appointed as the successor of Holder by President Obama back in November, to the disapproval of most Republicans. After months of delay, the Republican-controlled Senate eventually confirmed the former U.S. Attorney with a 56-43 vote late last month. Ten Republicans voted to confirm Lynch despite party leadership’s lack of approval.
Some critics of the lengthy delay in Lynch’s confirmation believe the Republican-controlled Senate was pushing back against Obama’s appointment simply because she was a favorite of the rival Democratic leader, but examining actions and comments of the newly confirmed Attorney General provides evidence as to why the conservative leaders’ of this country legitimately feared Lynch’s reign as the nation’s top law enforcement official.
Like Holder, Lynch has extremely liberal views on illegal immigrants’ rights in this country. Speaking to Sen. Jeff Sessions during questioning, Lynch explained that the “right and the obligation to work is shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here.” She opposes voter ID laws despite the 2008 Supreme Court decision that concluded the laws did not place an unconstitutional burden on voter’s rights.
Lynch mirrors Holder’s views on law enforcement explaining in 2000 that, “while crime is down, there is a large part of our community that still does not feel safe. And that means that law enforcement has not done its job, no matter what the numbers say.” When Sen. Ted Cruz asked her questions regarding the constitutionality of the federal government to kill an American citizen on U.S. soil with a drone strike, her silence seemed to confirm her alignment with Holder on consistently defending the Obama administration’s actions.
An additional concern of conservative senators involves Lynch’s role in a potential cover-up. HSBC bank was investigated for a money laundering scheme that included drug cartels and funding of terrorism, yet Lynch approved of the bank’s plea for a deferred prosecution settlement, which resulted in only major fines and admission of guilt; no employees of the bank were charged with crimes.
It took ten Republican Senators to confirm the appointment of Lynch. Why would these ten Senators approve someone Sen. Ted Cruz, a favorite to earn the Republican nomination in 2016 according to Gambling.com partners, called “unsuitable for confirmation as attorney general of the United States?” Well, some believe the Senators chose the lesser of two evils as it is believed Holder would remain in office if Lynch was never confirmed. Unfortunately for those Senators and for conservatives all across the nation, Lynch will seemingly be an extension of the previously disappointing Attorney General.
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