After a marathon wait, Loretta Lynch is sworn in as U.S. Attorney General on 4/27

Impeccably qualified attorney Loretta Lynch will be sworn in today as US Attorney General, succeeding Eric Holder who served with distinction and dignity under pressure.

Impeccably qualified attorney Loretta Lynch will be sworn in today as US Attorney General, succeeding Eric Holder who served with distinction and dignity under pressure.

By Carmen Glover

The wait for the impeccably qualified Brooklyn U.S. attorney Loretta Lynch to be sworn in as U.S. Attorney General, the top legal officer in the United States, ends today, April 27 when she is officially sworn in after her confirmation was deliberately held up by intractable Republicans for 166 days, a total of five months. Lynch becomes the first African-American female to hold the office of U.S. Attorney General, succeeding Eric Holder, who was the first African-American male in the position. Holder announced his resignation last fall but agreed to remain in office until his successor is sworn in, at the request of President Barack Obama.

Praising the confirmation, President Obama said that Lynch “has credibility with law enforcement and communities.” New York’s Senior Senator Chuck Schumer said: “I am confident she will be an exemplary attorney general and will bring disparate parts of communities across the country together, just as she did in Brooklyn.”

Citing disagreement over abortion language in a sex trafficking bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to bring Lynch’s confirmation vote to the Senate floor until Democrats came to terms with language over the bill. Mitchell ignored calls from President Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), members of the media, civil leaders and everyday Americans who were disgusted by the political grandstanding that relegated Lynch’s confirmation to the bottom of the Senate schedule.

Out-going US Attorney General Eric Holder has been a champion of Voting Rights, Civil Rights and justice for victims of police brutality.

Out-going US Attorney General Eric Holder has been a champion of Voting Rights, Civil Rights and justice for victims of police brutality.

Journalist Roland Martin of TVOne led a group of African-American men to the Capitol to demand a vote, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry demanded the vote each weekend on her show, and President Obama spoke out each chance he got.  Finally McConnell heeded the crescendo of calls and scheduled the vote on Thursday, April 23, when Lynch was promptly confirmed.

A relieved outgoing US Attorney Holder, who has been wearing ‘Free Eric Holder’ hand bands, said at a press conference on Friday, “I think we can officially say that Eric Holder is free,” as he threw the bands into the crowd. Addressing the issue of the Justice Department’s role in investigation police brutality and racial cases he said: “We are a nation that incarcerates too many people for too long and through the work of people in this department we are starting to reverse that trend.”

Her swearing-in has been a long time coming for the distinguished legal eagle who has been confirmed by the Senate twice before. Lynch was confirmed with a vote of 56-43, with ten Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues in supporting her. Senator Ted Cruz, who lobbied fellow Republicans to vote against Lynch because she said she supports the President’s executive orders on immigration, skipped the confirmation vote.–OnPointPress.net.

US Attorney General Eric Holder vows to continue ‘the work’ in stunning resignation

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President Barack Obama described the resignation of US Attorney General Eric Holder as ‘bittersweet.’ while lauding his expertise, work ethic and achievements in the post.

By Carmen Glover

US Attorney General Eric Holder stood stoic, inscrutable, and unflappable as President Barack Obama lauded his tenure as a prelude to the announcement that he would resign his post, while remaining on the job until his successor is named and confirmed. Calling the moment “bittersweet,” President Obama was solemn, but effusive as he praised Holder’s tireless work ethic and achievements;

“With his typical dedication, Eric has agreed to stay on as attorney general until I nominate a successor and that successor is confirmed by the Senate,” the President said. “All told, Eric has served the Justice Department under six presidents of both parties. Through it all, he’s shown a deep and abiding fidelity to one of our most cherished ideals as a people, and that is equal justice under the law.”

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 19:  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an announcement at the Justice Department March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Justice Department announced a deferred prosecution agreement with a $1.2 billion fine regarding Toyota Motor Corporations misleading to its consumers on the unintended acceleration issues in the cars the company manufactured.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 19: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an announcement at the Justice Department March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Justice Department announced a deferred prosecution agreement with a $1.2 billion fine regarding Toyota Motor Corporations misleading to its consumers on the unintended acceleration issues in the cars the company manufactured. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pausing to gather his thoughts, the President continued. “I chose him to serve as attorney general because he believes, as I do, that justice is not just an abstract theory, it’s a living and breathing principle. That’s why I made him America’s lawyer, the people’s lawyer. That came with a big portfolio from counterterrorism to civil rights, public corruption to white-collar crime.”

But of all his reach as attorney general, Holder, according to the President was especially proud of “reinvigorating and restoring the core mission to what he calls the conscience of the building and that is the Civil Rights Division.”

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US Attorney Eric Holder speaks to a resident in Ferguson, Missouri, where he also shared suffering the indignity of being stopped and harassed by racist police officers during his professional career.

After thanking the President, Vice President Joe Biden, Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Department of Justice staff and his family members, Holder made it clear that he would still continue with his mission.

“In the months ahead, I will leave the Department of Justice but I will never leave the work,” he said. “I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals.”

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US Attorney General Eric Holder testified before many congressional sessions and endured various forms of harassment which he correctly labeled as ‘racist.’

Addressing the President, Holder said: “We have been great colleagues, but the bonds between us are much deeper than that. In good times and in bad, in things personal and in things professional you have been there for me. I’m proud to call you my friend.”

shockwave gripped certain parts of the country, and the black community in particular, as the news was announced. Who will champion the cause of civil rights in a climate rife with discrimination against black men? Who will pursue justice for unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson? Who will consider appointing an independent prosecutor in the Eric Garner case in New York? The questions came with sharp velocity as the enormity of the decision sunk into people’s collective consciousness and the reality that an era has ended dawned gradually, sadly.

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US Attorney General Eric Holder greets Ferguson Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson which an exuberant “You are the man!” this summer when he visited the town to soothe nerves after the city was roiled by unrest due to the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

This summer when Holder traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to meet with Brown’s parents, talk to members of the community and proclaim to Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson that “You’re the man!” the hearts of the community felt eased. When Holder shared his experiences with racist police officers his message resonated. People related to him and felt that he could articulate and understand their viewpoint because he has lived it. But now he is leaving his position, the post from which he has fought valiantly to effect meaningful change.

Who will fill his shoes? Will his successor have his passion, burning desire to tackle the wrongs and empower the citizens on the lowest rungs of society? Only time will tell.-OnPointPress.net.