Republicans Use Lynch Hearings To Have Witnesses Assail Holder


Loretta Lynch wasn’t at the second day of her confirmation hearings yesterday, either physically or in the testimony of many of the witnesses, who criticized the Obama administration at large and the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, reports the National Law Journal. She was just as missing from the testimony of many of the committee witnesses who addressed her nomination, much to the dismay of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Democratic members.

All five witnesses invited by Republican committee members criticized the Obama administration and Holder’s leadership of the U.S. Department of Justice. Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, did not mention Lynch in her opening statement, which focused on her and other journalists' fraught relationship with the Justice Department. Attkisson is suing the department over allegations government officials hacked her computer. David Clarke, sheriff of Milwaukee County, said Holder's “incendiary rhetoric” after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., about his own experiences with racial profiling, “created a pathway for the false narrative that then became the rallying cry for cop haters across America.”

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