Hearings Begin For AG Nominee, Loretta Lynch *Open Thread*


Wednesday brings yet another hearing, this one with Loretta Lynch, the nominee to replace outgoing AG, Eric Holder. The hearing begins at 10:00, and can be viewed at THIS link (h/t Townhall), or at c-span.org.

It will be interesting to see just how this hearing will go. Townhall makes some interesting points in this Katie Pavlich post:

[…] Lynch will be forced to address a number of controversial topics and will field tough questions from lawmakers. Some of the topics on the tape for discussion:

-President Obama’s executive amnesty

-The Department of Justice role in the IRS targeting scandal

-Closing of GITMO and release of GITMO detainees

-The broken relationship between law enforcement and DOJ

-Big bank regulation

-Misconduct and intimidation by DOJ attorneys at trial

-Operation Fast and Furious

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley plans on a long hearing and will allow all lawmakers on the Committee to ask thorough questions of Lynch.

“It will be a long first day, because my approach… is to allow for as many questions as necessary to ensure that members have a chance to receive answers in person if they’d like,” Grassley told Fox News yesterday. […](Click here to read the rest.)

Well, and it SHOULD be a “long first day” since this position is extremely serious and should be treated as such despite the highly political manner by which Eric Holder has treated it. Hopefully, Congress can correct that this time, and get someone in who is worthy of that position.

Whether or not that is Lynch remains to be seen. There have been some legitimate questions in that regard, particularly around issues of race and its impact in terms of Voter ID and the death penalty, to name a few. The Daily Signal dealt with just those concerns (h/t White House Dossier):

[…] The death penalty, voter ID and Lynch’s seeming-acquiescence to the recommended “Action Items” in the COPS report also bring into sharp focus an important issue: Lynch’s view towards the dubious legal theory of disparate impact that, as the Wall Street Journal has said, Eric Holder has used to “coerce settlements from banks and other businesses based on statistics but no proof of discrimination.”

In fact, a federal court just threw out the use of disparate impact with respect to the Fair Housing Act in a scathing decision in which the judge called the administration’s attempt to establish disparate impact as a legitimate legal theory as “chutzpah (bordering on desperation)” and “nothing less than an artful misinterpretation” of the law.

That opinion also sharply criticized the actions of another former Justice Department official, Thomas Perez, the current head of the Department of Labor, who also had been discussed as a possible replacement for Holder until Lynch got the nod. The court cited a congressional report that Perez placed “ideology over objectivity and politics over the rule of law” in settling a case raising this same issue in order to get the case off the Supreme Court’s docket.

Lynch needs to be questioned on whether she believes disparate impact is a legitimate legal theory under federal civil rights law and whether she believes that settling a case the U.S. Supreme Court had agreed to hear in order to avoid the court ruling on the legitimacy of that legal theory is acceptable behavior in a senior Justice Department official. The answer to both of those questions–or an attempt to avoid answering them–would be quite revealing about both her legal views and her ethical standards. […] (Click here to read the rest of the issues.)

And bear in mind that Lynch was also an ADVISOR to Holder in the midst of ALL of the troubling decisions Holder made referenced above (Townhall piece), as the Daily Signal article highlights. That alone is extremely troubling.

As Pavlich notes in her piece, there will be another hearing on Thursday. That is the one at which Sharyl Attkisson will testify. From The Hill:

A former CBS investigative reporter who has filed a $35 million lawsuit against the Obama administration for hacking will be among the witnesses at a hearing on President Obama’s attorney general nominee.

Sharyl Attkisson has accused the Obama administration of breaking into her computer and phone after she reported stories that were critical of the administration, such as the events surrounding the 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, and the failed “Fast and Furious” operation. She told her story in the book Stonewalled.

She will testify during this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Loretta Lynch, Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, a testimony announced by panel Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Monday evening.
Also testifying will be Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of the Tea Party-aligned True the Vote, which was unfairly targeted by the IRS, she has said, when it attempted to seek tax-exempt status.

The two will testify separately from Lynch, on a second panel alongside legal experts and former and current law enforcement officials. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

THAT should be quite the hearing. Stay tuned for that one.

Frankly, Holder cannot get out of office soon enough for me, but that doesn’t mean I want just ANYONE to replace him. There are legitimate concerns and questions about Loretta Lynch, including a group to which she belonged while at Harvard. I want the Senate to really get to the bottom of what she thinks and if she will be a suitable AG, not that she is not-Holder enough. In other words, they need to do their jobs and do them well.

One last note, and this relates to the Benghazi hearings. Sharyl Attkisson has compiled the top quotes from the hearing yesterday. You can read them all HERE, though you know I am partial to Rep. Gowdy’s (click to see video), as well as Rep. Jim Jordan’s (this one, too), and a few other members of the hearing.

Feel free to share your own favorites from the hearing yesterday, and from the one today. This is an Open Thread.


43 Responses to “Hearings Begin For AG Nominee, Loretta Lynch *Open Thread*”

  1. HELENK3 Says:

    this is one of those times that I think the more things change, the more they remain the same.
    only difference between Lynch and Holder is their sex

  2. HELENK3 Says:


    he is on the move

  3. HELENK3 Says:


    just how many muslim brotherhood members are in our government now?

    state dept host muslim brotherhood leaders

  4. HELENK3 Says:


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I have been watching it. I have to say, Lynch is very well spoken and quick thinking. She has been evasive on some issues, though I appreciate that she EVENTUALLY said citizenship is a right to those born here, and a privilege for those seeking it (or words to that effect). She is very respectful, unlike Eric Holder.

  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    Exciting times Amy. Great post. 🙂

  6. HELENK3 Says:


    backtrack bunch cancel helicopter sale to be used against boko haram

  7. HELENK3 Says:


    guess he gave his usual speech

  8. HELENK3 Says:


    meeeschele and valjar tag team

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Once, just once, I would love for the Democrats to not start out their questioning of witnesses or nominees without attacking Republicans. Just friggin’ ONCE…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Okay, so Dick Durbin began by saying he was used to answering to women named “Loretta,” his wife’s name, and Amy Klobuchar actually talked abt people they had in common, including someone under Bush. So, at least TWO Dems have managed to not begin without demonizing Reps.

  10. HELENK3 Says:


    some interesting history on loretta lynch

  11. mcnorman Says:

    When this administration screws up, they never own it. http://www.strategypage.com/on_point/20150127221530.aspx
    Ms. Lynch is a fool if she thinks that she will be doing anything other than serving the manchild, but she already knows that having served under Eric.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is for sure, mcnorman. I have never seen an Administration pass the buck as fast as this one does.

      Good point abt Lynch. She may start out with good intentions, but considering how vindictive Obama is, he would make her pay, and dearly, should she truly be independent, I fear.

  12. HELENK3 Says:


    was this guy’s family invited to the white house?

  13. HELENK3 Says:


  14. HELENK3 Says:

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at farewell ceremony, thanks President Obama for leadership at a ‘difficult time’ and for the honor to serve

  15. HELENK3 Says:


    very interesting

  16. HELENK3 Says:


    do not know the pilot , but I like him

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ahahahahaha… 😀

      We live very close to Parris Island, the Marine base as the crow flies. It is one island over from us. Well, their fighter jets routinely fly over us, and I LOVE it! 🙂

      And the Coast Guard helos fly over us routinely, too, on their way to patrol the beach. Love seeing them, too…

  17. HELENK3 Says:


    the Boston yeti

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL, very funny!

      So, so glad I moved back down South when I did. I should add that move was precipitated by the snowfall record in Boston being broken/ Yeah, I had had enough of that…

  18. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    May we also remember those lost on the Challenger this day 29 years ago: http://nation.foxnews.com/2015/01/28/fox-nation-remembers-challenger-disaster-29th-anniversary

  19. HELENK3 Says:

  20. HELENK3 Says:


    Benghazi witness delay and response

  21. HELENK3 Says:


    backtrack squirms to dodge the truth.
    this is one very interesting article with some truths we have to face

  22. HELENK3 Says:


    Castro—-US must return Guantanamo.
    now we know why the interest by backtrack in Cuba

  23. HELENK3 Says:



  24. HELENK3 Says:


    this is scary

  25. HELENK3 Says:


    measles outbreak keeps spreading throughout the country.
    when did they change the law that kids had to be vaccinated before entering school?

  26. foxyladi14 Says:

    I thought they had just about got rid of this disease. :facepalm:

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