Loretta Lynch is likely to be more of an “apolitical and independent” Attorney General than the “political lightning rod” that Eric Holder has been, says NPR’s Carrie Johnson. Johnson says Lynch “has not angered people in the same visceral way on the hill that Eric Holder has over the years. And she has not been held in contempt as Eric Holder was over that fast and furious scandal involving guns on the southwest border.” The White House hopes she can have a better relationship with Congress than Holder has had.
Overall, Lynch is “quite noncontroversial,” Johnson says. She says the process of handling Lynch’s nomination may begin this year under Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and then conclude early next year after the Republicans have taken over Senate control.
Lynch spoke last year at the H.F. Guggenheim conference on crime sponsored by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. An account can be seen here: http://www.thecrimereport.org/conferences/past/2013-02-2013-hf-guggenheim-conference-on-crime-in-america A podcast of the speech can be heard starting at 9:22 minutes.