Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney General!

By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

This week, Senate confirmation hearings were held for President Obama’s nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to serve as America’s next U.S. Attorney General, and the National Urban League strongly supports her confirmation.

In my statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week, I asserted the following:

“U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch’s confirmation would advance this nation’s ongoing pursuit of becoming a more perfect union…She has distinguished herself as a tough, fair, independent lawyer dedicated to equal justice under the law…

As a lawyer and U.S. attorney, Loretta Lynch’s career has been undergirded by an unshakeable belief that, as she states, ‘Justice is only served when people feel protected by their government rather than targeted.’  In light of the many challenges we face today with respect to how our criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American men, women and our young people, we especially applaud Loretta Lynch’s commitment to improving the criminal justice system and her recognition that there is still much more work that must be done.

Those are the values we look for most in the ‘People’s Lawyer.’  The National Urban League therefore urges the Senate to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next United States Attorney General without delay and assure continuity in enforcing our federal laws, protecting our civil rights and keeping Americans safe.”

Read my full statement here.