The Boston Globe has the useless article Obama to nominate Loretta Lynch for attorney general. There was a particular piece of information that I had read about before, and wanted to quote here. The New York Times article Loretta Lynch, Federal Prosecutor, Will Be Nominated for Attorney General comes close enough.
After graduating from law school in 1984, she spent six years as an associate at the New York law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel before becoming a federal prosecutor. She became the chief assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 1998 and was nominated a year later to lead the office for the rest of Bill Clinton’s presidency. Before returning in 2010, she was a partner at Hogan & Hartson, now known as Hogan Lovells.
Oh, Lord no, here we go again. From the interview in my previous post, Democrats, This Is Why You Lost, I pick up some dialog that I did not put in the previous post.
Juan Cole: How would you judge the tenure of Eric Holder and now that obviously he is going to be leaving in terms of his particular role in going after these banks and this whole idea of bankers being able to call directly to the Justice Department to negotiate their deals and stop prosecutions at the lower levels.
Matt Taibbi: Well, it’s funny. For years now I have been covering a lot of this stuff, and I have spoken to a lot of people in law enforcement, and there are really two types of people that I talk to who are prosecutors. One is the kind of old school law enforcement type, they want to get the bad guy at all costs and the are really career civil servants who just want to do their jobs and want to see justice happen. And then there is this new kind of person who is appearing in government now who comes out of the corporate defense sector. These are people who grew up as corporate lawyers defending companies like Chase and Bank of America and that’s who Eric Holder is very pointedly. He spent a long time at a company being called Covington and Burling, and this type of lawyer, this type of law enforcement official is much more interested in coming up with the settlement that everybody feels good about when they walk out of the room as opposed to the old school kind of justice where the bad guy gets his or her comeuppance in the end and I think his tenure was very representative of a big sea change in the way we do white collar crime in this country.
Should I have expected Obama to learn a damn thing about the Democrats’ losses last Tuesday? I would have been pretty naive, wouldn’t I? These kinds of appointments and governance do not happen by accident. These people know exactly what they are doing. I am beginning to think that if any party is going to have this type of corrupt administration on their record, perhaps i would prefer it to be a Republican administration. I’ll be thinking very strongly about this in 2016.
In answer to a question a little before the closing Q & A above, there are some remarks about whether or not the whistle blower case in this interview will be fully prosecuted at last. This may reinforce what Taibbi said above.
Matt Taibbi: The is an important distinction, too. It’s often not the line investigators who are the problem. The people who actually work these cases, the career prosecutors who are doing this digging. Often times they are very talented and aggressive lawyers who really know what they are doing. The problem is the political wing of the Justice Department can take those cases and do whatever they want with them. So in Alayne’s case and in many other cases that they take these excellent investigations and they turn them into these slap on the wrist settlements, and that’s what she is worried about, I think.
So this is why we lost so big last Tuesday.
On Facebook I was warned:
Norman Hobson Better look at her record before you spout off Steve
Oh my, could I have jumped to conclusions too soon? A Google search pointed me to the ABC News item The 5 Most Interesting Cases of Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch’s Career. I can breathe a sigh of relief. No executives of giant corporations in that list.