U.S. Senate committee advances Loretta Lynch’s nomination as attorney general

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee moved on Thursday to endorse Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General in a 12-8 vote. The vote allows the nomination to proceed to a full Senate vote.

Speaking at a confirmation hearing last month, Lynch stated that she was more than capable of protecting American interests in the war on terror, citing her experience in cyber terrorism after the September 11 terrorist attacks. She also said that she is dedicated to protecting victims of sex trafficking and abuse, stating that she would work diligently to protect those who are most vulnerable.

“Should I be confirmed as Attorney General, my highest priorities will continue to be to ensure the safety of our citizens, to protect the most vulnerable among us from crime and abuse, and to strengthen the vital relationships between America’s brave law enforcement officers and the communities they are entrusted to serve,” she said at the hearing in January.

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