Video | Senate Hearings for the Nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General of the United States


Loretta Lynch to pledge fresh start with Congress
By Seung Min Kim
1/28/15 8:02 AM EST

Much of her opening remarks, which are Lynch’s first chance to publicly introduce herself to Congress, will take a personal tone. Lynch, the daughter of a Baptist minister and a retired English teacher, will talk about how her parents fought against
segregation and instilled in her the values of education, hard work and sacrifice.

Lynch will be accompanied by her husband, Stephen Hargrove, her father, Lorenzo, and her brother Leonzo. Her other brother, former Navy SEAL Lorenzo Lynch Jr., died in 2009, and the attorney general nominee will have his Navy SEAL trident with her on the witness table as she testifies before senators.

She will recall how in the early 1960s, her father would open up his Greensboro, North Carolina, church to civil rights activists and stand alongside them as he carried Lynch, as a little girl, on his shoulders.

“As I come before you today in this historic chamber, I still stand on my father’s shoulders, as well as on the shoulders of all those who have gone before me and who dreamed of making the promise of America a reality for all and worked to achieve that goal,” Lynch will tell senators. “I believe in the promise of America because I
have lived the promise of America.”


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30 Responses to Video | Senate Hearings for the Nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General of the United States

  1. rikyrah says:

    You don’t think POTUS had Ms. Lynch vetted within an inch of her life?

    Come on, now.

    Come on.

    The President practices Black Professional Sensibilities.

    He was going to make them show their asses if they wanted to come against this woman. He was going to give them no room to breath.


    The GOP Can’t Find Anyone to Say Something Bad About Loretta Lynch
    By Josh Voorhees. Jan 29, 2015

    Any drama that remained in attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s confirmation proceedings had largely disappeared by the time the Judiciary Committee recessed for lunch on Thursday. After the nine witnesses had finished giving their opening statements, Sen. Pat Leahy, the top Democrat on the panel, opened the first round of questions with a simple request: for any witness who opposed Lynch’s confirmation to raise his hand. Not a single one did. “I hope we can move on,” Leahy said.

    Lynch’s chances at confirmation grew stronger still when Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch announced that Lynch’s performance before the committee on Wednesday was enough to seal the deal for him. “I believe she’s not only qualified but exceptionally well-qualified and a very good person, to boot,” the Utah senator said, becoming the first Republican on the committee to publicly endorse Lynch, who would become the first black woman to lead the Department of Justice. Lynch will need the support of at least two more GOP members of the panel. Those votes are likely to come from Sens. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) and Jeff Flake (Arizona), both of whom have had plenty of kind words for her. Her nomination would then head to the Senate floor, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested he won’t block it.

    Still, it will likely be at least a couple of weeks before the committee votes on her nomination, and perhaps a couple of months before the full chamber does. In the meantime, Republicans have made it clear that they will turn almost any conversation about Lynch into one about the man she will replace, Eric Holder, and his boss, President Obama.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Gabe Ortíz @TUSK81
    Sen. Whitehouse: Lynch hearing “has been co-opted…& turned into a soundbite session for Fox News and conspiracy theorists.” #DAMNNNNN
    10:48 AM – 29 Jan 2015

  3. Ametia says:

    GOP case against Loretta Lynch falls apart
    By Dana Milbank Opinion writer January 28 at 5:49 PM

    Loretta Lynch had them at Jim Crow.

    Senate Republicans had delayed confirmation hearings for President Obama’s attorney general nominee until they took control of Congress — giving them a chance to use the nomination to protest Obama’s immigration policy and other actions by Obama and the outgoing attorney general, Eric Holder.

  4. Ametia says:

    Loretta Lynch

    + Delta Sorority Sisters


    = GOP

  5. Ametia says:

    Dem white mens couldn’t handle all that BLACK & RED in that hearing room today.

  6. eliihass says:

    These racist haters really need to make up their minds. One minute they’re bleating about how Mrs Obama failed as First Lady by not abiding by the archaic misogynistic restrictions of a country they all usually despise;

    But once Mrs Obama started getting praise for being her own woman and for being a symbol of strength for women, the same haters switched because you know, heaven forbid Mrs Obama get credit or be held up as model for anything great. They suddenly remembered that Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton both went without headscarves too so Mrs Obama isn’t a hero for women after all.

    Unlike the head not covered Laura and Hillary who can do as they please, Mrs Obama is still disrespectful for not adhering to the oppressive laws of her hosts because how dare she.

  7. vitaminlover says:

    Ms. Lynch. Just WOW!

  8. eliihass says:

    Wes Moore. Double ugh. Another pathetic chip on the shoulder, Clinton kiss arse. “Bill Clinton is the most brilliant political mind of our time, whose greatest desire is the success of Hillary the great love of his life. He wants the love of his life to succeed”
    But all tongue-tied and can’t find it in himself to speak up for First Lady Michelle Obama.
    I’ve just about had it with some of these losers.

  9. Ametia says:

    AG-Appointee Loretta Lynch to Senator. Graham: I look forward to discussing the issues of gay marriage and polygamy with you further.


  10. rikyrah says:

    andré carrington PhD @prof_carrington
    So basically Republicans on the Judiciary Committee want to use #LorettaLynch’s nomination as a platform to pour haterade on Eric Holder.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Loretta Lynch’s Sorority Sisters Came to Her Attorney General Confirmation Hearing
    Maya Rhodan @m_rhodan 10:41 AM ET

    Women of the storied African American sorority Delta Sigma Theta flooded a Senate hearing room on Wednesday to support their fellow sorority sister and Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.

    Lynch, who is set to face a tough hearing for the post, started a chapter of the sorority at Harvard with current Attorney General Eric Holder’s wife, Sharon Malone. Though the connection was seen as controversial to members of the right-wing media, her sorority sisters proudly donned the organization’s signature colors—crimson and cream—in the hearing room.

    The sorority was founded in 1913 at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University on tenets of empowerment, justice, and community service. Several current and former members of Congress are members, including Reps. Joyce Beatty and Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Rep. Yvette Clark of New York, and former Congresswomen Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Sherrilyn Ifill @Sifill_LDF
    Ok I’ll say it.The contrast of this all white Senate Judiciary Cmtee facing this nominee & mostly black audience is very real #LorettaLynch
    9:54 AM – 28 Jan 2015

  13. rikyrah says:

    Del Quentin Wilber ✔ @DelWilber
    Holder visited Lynch at last night’s prep session: “Don’t listen to any of them!” he said, referring to advisors. “Just be Loretta Lynch.”
    8:55 AM – 28 Jan 2015

  14. rikyrah says:

    GOP readies partisan circus as Lynch hearings begin
    01/28/15 08:35 AM
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    By Steve Benen
    The first sign that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) may not have been the best choice to lead the Senate Judiciary Committee came two weeks ago. The conservative Iowan boasted that, since his promotion, the Senate had already confirmed 11 judicial nominees. The actual number was zero: Grassley was counting confirmation votes from the last Congress, pointing to nominees he opposed.

    The second sign that Grassley is probably the wrong man for the job came around the same time, by way of a deeply odd response to the terrorist violence in Paris.

    But the third piece of evidence will arrive this morning.
    If you don’t count the Republican members of Congress, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has no more determined critic than Sheryl Attkisson. The investigative reporter, who left CBS News last year and now contributes to the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal, spent years investigating the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal. Her stories were part of a corpus that convinced the House to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for dodging questions. Just last month, Holder was among the people sued by Attkisson in a case that accuses the federal government of spying on her; she’s asking for compensatory damages, punitive damages, and an injunction preventing the feds from conducting “any surveillance” of her.

    And [Wednesday morning], Attkisson will lead the expert testimony on Holder’s likely replacement. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley took control of after the Republicans’ 2014 wins, has called Attkisson to speak on a panel of witnesses after nominee Loretta Lynch is introduced.

    Attkisson has become a rather tragic figure in recent months, undermining her own reputation with genuinely bizarre allegations, strange conspiracy theories, and commentary on journalism that really didn’t go well. Grassley, or at least the Grassley staffers who help him make decisions, has decided this far-right media figure is the best person to make the case against an Attorney General nominee? What, were the folks at busy?

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