WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke out against Republican Senators’ efforts to delay the vote to confirm Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
“Loretta Lynch has a proven track record of fighting for justice for all Americans and there is no reason to delay the vote to confirm her as U.S. Attorney General,” Brown said. “U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton Carter was nominated in December and was deservedly confirmed in February. And yet, Loretta Lynch, an equally qualified candidate who was nominated a month before Dr. Carter, is being made to wait as her nomination languishes.
“Ms. Lynch’s nomination has been pending on the Senate floor as long as the five most recent Attorneys General combined,” Brown continued. “We have waited far too long to confirm such a qualified nominee. The excuses for delay need to stop – the Senate must move forward with this historic nomination and confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.”
An accomplished attorney and experienced litigator, Lynch has undertaken a distinguished legal career. Lynch currently serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York – one of the nation’s most active U.S. Attorney’s offices.
Last month, Brown met with Lynch and raised topics important to Ohioans, including voting rights and criminal justice.