U.S. attorney Loretta Lynch is President Obama’s pick to take Eric Holder’s place as the nation’s attorney general. Last week she attended her confirmation hearings, and both Congress and we the people got to know this accomplished woman a bit better.
Though Lynch will be replacing Holder, his name was often mentioned during the hearings and Lynch attempted to make it clear she is NOT her predecessor. She told Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn at one point, “Senator, if confirmed as attorney general, I will be myself. I will be Loretta Lynch.”
According to CNN, “Lynch’s only big policy break with the Obama administration came on marijuana. She told Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, that she doesn’t agree with Obama’s previous comments that the drug is similar to smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol — and that she opposes legalizing its use.”
Lynch did defend the president on the actions he took recently regarding immigration saying she believes he acted within his powers.
EXTRA READ: Politico broke down the top challenges Lynch will face if she is confirmed as attorney general, including cybercrime and police violence and distrust. See all five top issues here.
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