• Attorney general confirmation hearings begin
  • March 18, 2015
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee began confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch - President Obama’s choice to succeed Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general. As expected, Lynch’s confirmation hearings are providing a forum for Senate Republicans to vent about President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.

    Indeed, the first question from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), was whether Lynch believed Obama has the legal authority to stop deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants. Her answer was a measured, roundabout yes.

    Lynch is looking to offer a fresh start to a GOP-controlled Congress, casting herself as an alternative to Eric Holder, whose liberal policies and outspoken personality have led to dramatic clashes with Republicans, culminating in him being the first DOJ head to be held in contempt of Congress. "I look forward to fostering a new and improved relationship with this committee, the United States Senate, and the entire United States Congress—a relationship based on mutual respect and constitutional balance," she said during her opening remarks.

    If confirmed, Lynch's top priorities, she said, would be strengthening relationships between the public and law enforcement, investigating and prosecuting terrorists, and enhancing the nation's defenses against cyber-attacks.

    Lynch currently serves as the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn. If confirmed, she would be the first black female attorney general.