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The Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General - DOJ
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Former representative, presidential candidate and former U.S. Air Force flight surgeon, Dr. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has given some dire warnings about Ms. Lynch. Dr. Paul is concerned that Ms. Lynch will aggressively increase what is called “civil asset forfeiture,” an Orwellian term more properly described as civil asset “theft.” It’s where the government seizes cash, vehicles and other private property from individuals merely suspected of wrongdoing, without evidence, formal charges or specific crime.
Writing at Dr. Paul’s website, John Tate, Campaign for Liberty president and good friend of Dr. Paul’s, said Ms. Lynch’s confirmation must be stopped at all costs. Ms. Lynch should be nationally known as the “queen” of civil asset “theft,” wrote Tate. He points out that as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ms. Lynch’s office seized nearly a billion dollars’ worth of private property under the guise of civil asset forfeiture just in 2013. The Internal Revenue Service is used as the federal goon enforcers to confiscate property and assets.
“There is no doubt Ms. Lynch will continue her asset theft policies once she becomes AG,” wrote Tate.
In a Senate hearing, Ms. Lynch boldly declared this method a “useful” and “wonderful tool.” As the Homeland Security definition of a terrorist has now been expanded to include all those who praise the Founding Fathers, or criticize the U.S. dollar, millions of Americans could be targets for asset theft.
It also seems certain that Ms. Lynch plans to continue Holder’s practice of unilaterally expanding the authority of the Executive Branch and federal power.
In recent Senate hearings, Ms. Lynch was asked by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) about her views on the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program. Without hesitating, Ms. Lynch called the program “constitutional and effective.”
She has refused to state whether or not the president has the power to use drone strikes to kill American citizens on U.S. soil.
Ms. Lynch also supports Obama’s use of executive orders to overturn the will of Congress and write new laws as only he sees fit.
Four Republican senators have already publicly declared their support for Ms. Lynch. If all Democrats vote along party lines, Ms. Lynch will get 50 votes, requiring Joe Biden as the vice president to cast the deciding vote.
But none of this is certain, as promises are always broken in politics.
What is certain is that Ms. Lynch’s confirmation process has dragged out longer that any other AG in history, going on five months now. This led Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to use the racial analogy that the Republican majority was asking the first African-American woman ever nominated for AG to “sit in the back of the bus.”
Although much is made about Ms. Lynch’s unique status as the first black woman AG in history if she is confirmed—as if that somehow deserves applause—it would also be the first time in nearly two centuries that a president had elevated a United States attorney directly to the position of attorney general.
There’s no telling how long the delay will continue. Some say that Ms. Lynch won’t even be considered until mid-April. Others feel that the GOP majority may choose to permanently ignore Ms. Lynch, leaving Holder in office through January 2017. At this point, it’s hard to tell if this would be a good thing or a bad thing.
Her stance on Immigration:
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch attempted on Wednesday to tread a fine line on immigration, telling senators she believes President Barack Obama acted within his powers on deportation relief, but that she would respect the courts if they find his actions unconstitutional.
OUTSTANDING VIDEO'S OF LORETTA LYNCH "In her own words"
EXHIBIT A: The following video shows Loretta Lynch praise the rise in power of black Americans. We see her say there is much work to be done on that front (whatever that means). And we see her blast voter ID laws as racist. - See more at:
Whatever happened to the idea that skin color shouldn’t matter? That people should rise on merit, principle and character?
EXHIBIT B: Loretta Lynch blames Goerge Bush for the DOJ’s woes. Claims the DOJ is critical because of… civil rights and equality battles in America - See more at:
Have no doubts, folks. Lynch is simply going to pick up where Holder left off. –
OUTSTANDING Q&A of Loretta Lynch
Sen. Ted Cruz Third Q&A with Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch
Her life: Background information.
Loretta Elizabeth Lynch (born May 21, 1959) 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. On November 8, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated her to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States. On February 26, 2015 the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate confirmed her appointment in a 12–8 vote, with all Democrats of the committee in favor and three Republicans also in favor. If confirmed, she would be the first African-American woman; the second African-American, after Holder; and the second woman, after Janet Reno, to serve as Attorney General
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION:
Lynch was born on May 21, 1959 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her mother was a school librarian and her father was a Baptist minister. As a child, she spent hours with her father, watching court proceedings in the courthouse of Durham, North Carolina. Her early fascination with court proceedings was compounded by stories of her grandfather, also a pastor, who in the 1930s helped people move to the north to escape persecution under the Jim Crow laws of the time. Lynch earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and American literature from Harvard College in 1981 and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1984
Lynch's first legal job was as a litigation associate for Cahill Gordon & Reindel. She joined the Eastern District as a drug and violent-crime prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office in 1990. From 1994 to 1998, she served as the chief of the Long Island office and worked on several political corruption cases involving the government of Brookhaven, New York. From 1998 to 1999, she was the chief assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District and headed the Brooklyn office.
In 1999, she was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. During her term as U.S. Attorney, Lynch oversaw prosecution of New York City police officers in the Abner Louima case.
Ms. Lynch rose to prominence when she supervised the successful prosecution of a white New York police officer who horrifically sodomized Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in 1997. The case became a national symbol of white police brutality against blacks.
In 2001, Lynch left the U.S. Attorney's office to become a partner at Hogan & Hartson (later Hogan Lovells). She remained there until January 20, 2010, when President Barack Obama nominated Lynch to again serve as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. From 2003 to 2005, she was a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Following the July 2014 death of Eric Garner, an unarmed man who died after being held in a department-prohibited chokehold by a New York City police officer, Lynch agreed to meet with Garner's family to discuss possible federal prosecution of the officer believed to be responsible in his death.
Lynch's office indicted Republican congressman Michael Grimm; prosecuted Democratic politicians Pedro Espada Jr. and William Boyland, Jr.; investigated Citigroup over mortgage securities sold by the bank, resulting in a US$7 billion settlement; and was involved in the US$1.2 billion settlement with HSBC over violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.
Nomination as Attorney General
On November 8, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Lynch for the position of U.S. Attorney General, to succeed Eric Holder, who had previously announced his resignation, pending confirmation of his replacement. She was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 26, 2015 and if approved by the full Senate will be the first African-American woman; the second African-American, after Holder; and the second woman, after Janet Reno; to hold this office.
Eight Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, including the chairman, Chuck Grassley, opposed Lynch’s confirmation after what Democrats criticized as a record long delay in appointing the first African American woman to the top law enforcement job in the USA. Grassley defended delays in holding the vote, saying it was important to gather more information on Lynch’s role in settling an $1.9bn money-laundering deal with HSBC when she served as US attorney in New York. Republican Senator David Vitter criticized recent admissions by Lynch that she had failed to find out about separate documents revealing HSBC's role in helping clients hide money offshore before agreeing not to prosecute the bank.
Lynch and her husband, Stephen Hargrove, married in 2007. In her personal life she uses her married name, Loretta Lynch Hargrove. Her husband has two children from a previous marriage.
The question that remains for Americans is rather or not this individual will represent all people equally and with fair and impartial views. It is not her race or the fact that she is a woman that should secure her position in this powerful and critical position. After reading and listening to the video's where she provides us with her views on so many issues would you vote to place her in this leadership position? What do you see as the characteristics needed and what can "We the people" do to help ensure that our elected officials make the right decision for all Americans?
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