Attorney General Loretta Lynch will accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and the FBI director make in the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, a Justice Department official told the Associated Press Friday. The move assuages concerns that Lynch, a political appointee and a Democrat, might have overruled investigators.
The Department of Justice is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina as a result of the state’s “bathroom bill” known as HB2 (or the Public Facilities Act), announced Attorney General Loretta Lynch at news conference this afternoon.
To help reduce recidivism rates, the Justice Department announced $53 million in grants for programs that aid offenders from re-entering prison (4 in 10 return within three years of release). “[W]e have to make a decision as to how we are going to reintegrate those individuals back into our society,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch just announced a federal civil rights investigation into the Baltimore police department in response to the death of Freddie Gray. A similar investigation by the DOJ into the Ferguson police department uncovered systematic racism and well-documented examples of police brutality.
Loretta Lynch, the very qualified New York federal prosecutor who was nominated by President Obama in November to become the next attorney general, still hasn't been confirmed by the Senate. For some context: Lynch has waited twice as long for a vote than the seven most recent attorneys general combined. (Eric Holder's vote took eight days!)
Loretta Lynch, who has served as Brooklyn's chief prosecutor since 2010, is expected to be named by President Obama as the next attorney general, replacing Eric Holder, who said he would resign once a successor was announced. If confirmed, Lynch would become the first black woman to helm the Justice Department.