WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) proudly cast a vote today to confirm Loretta Lynch. The vote, 56-43, was a welcome rebuttal to the unconscionable fact that she waited 166 days after her nomination for consideration by the full Senate.
“The Senate finally has done right by Ms. Lynch, the hardworking employees of the Justice Department and the American people by confirming her as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and top defender of American’s constitutional rights. As we grapple with old constitutional issues and explore new ones, I am confident that Loretta Lynch is eminently qualified and will excel at the tasks ahead of her.
“In light of recent tragic events, including the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, I expect that Attorney General Lynch will conduct all necessary investigations with the requisite swiftness and transparency. Yesterday, I introduced the End Racial Profiling Act of 2015 and look forward to working with my Senate colleagues and Attorney General Lynch to make discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement a thing of the past.
“I had the privilege to meet Ms. Lynch this past January, before her confirmation hearings. I am confident she is ready to play a pivotal role in finding the appropriate balance between protecting the safety and security of our nation and protecting the civil rights of our citizens.
“Loretta Lynch will be the first African-American woman to serve our country as Attorney General. Her considerable legal record is as impressive as this accomplishment.”