Connection Between AG Nominee Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder-Truth!

Connection Between AG Nominee Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for attorney general, has ties to outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife, Sharon Malone.

The Truth:

It’s true that Loretta Lynch and Sharon Malone were friends at Harvard in the early 1980s.

Lynch and Malone were the first two members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority chapter that was established at Harvard in 1980, the Washington Post reports.

Lynch, who President Obama appointed so serve as U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York in 2010, also has ties to Holder. She has served on his Attorney General Advisory Committee since 2010, and she was named committee chair in 2013, according to her bio.

The eRumor’s claim that Lynch was nominated to “protect” Holder in a criminal contempt of congress case cannot be verified, but Holder’s successor will have the final say in the matter.

Following a citation for criminal contempt of Congress, the House or Senate brings the case to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia to determine whether it should be brought before a grand jury. All U.S. attorneys, however, answer to the attorney general, according to the contempt statutes.

Posted 11/17/14