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After 5-Month Delay, Loretta Lynch Becomes 1st Black Female Attorney General

Loretta_LynchStatement by the President on the Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Press Secretary – Today, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to be America’s next Attorney General – and America will be better off for it. Loretta has spent her life fighting for the fair and equal justice that is the foundation of our democracy.

As head of the Justice Department, she will oversee a vast portfolio of cases, including counterterrorism and voting rights; public corruption and white-collar crime; judicial recommendations and policy reviews – all of which matter to the lives of every American, and shape the story of our country.

She will bring to bear her experience as a tough, independent, and well-respected prosecutor on key, bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform. And she will build on our progress in combatting newer threats like cyber crime. Loretta’s confirmation ensures that we are better positioned to keep our communities safe, keep our nation secure, and ensure that every American experiences justice under the law.

Statement by CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield on the Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I am proud to join with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus to applaud today’s confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States of America.

“Today is a historic day for our country as Loretta Lynch becomes the first African American female to serve in the role of our nation’s top law enforcement official. Her impeccable qualifications in this important position will help our country move the criminal justice system forward.

“Ms. Lynch was the choice of President Obama, she is the choice of the Congressional Black Caucus, and she is the best choice for all Americans.”