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Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General

Loretta Lynch
Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch has received confirmation from the Senate as the U.S. attorney general more than five months after President Barack Obama nominated her for the position, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Jennifer Steinhauer writes that the Senate voted 56 to 43 to put Lynch as the first African-American woman to lead the Justice Department.

The report said her confirmation was delayed partly due to Republican opposition to the president’s executive actions on immigration reform, which Lynch supported.

The Senate also held a procedural vote, with 66 pushing for the final confirmation, in which the attorney general nominee received 10 Republican votes, Steinhauer reports.

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