Loretta Lynch is an American lawyer; she is most notable as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States during the term of President Barack Obama. Prior to her appointment, Lynch served as an attorney for the Eastern District of New York under President Bill Clinton from 1999 to 2001. From 2003 to 2005 she was also one of the directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Lynch is now the first African-American to serve as Attorney General of the United States and the second woman to be confirmed for this office.
Loretta Lynch’s Bio
Loretta Elizabeth Lynch was born on May 21, 1959, in Greensboro, North Carolina, to African-American parents. Her father Lorenzo Lynch is a Baptist minister, while her mother Lorine Lynch worked as a school librarian. She has American citizenship and belongs to the African-American ethnic group. After hearing the story of her grandfather, who helped people move north in the 1930s to escape prosecution, she had a dream to become a lawyer.
Lynch graduated from Harvard College in 1981 with a degree in English and American literature. She received her Juris Doctor certificate from Harvard Law School in 1984. During her time there, Lynch was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau as well as the Delta Sigma Theta and Xi Tau sororities.
Shortly after graduating in 1984, Lynch began her legal career as a trial attorney with a New York law firm called Cahill, Gordon & Reindel. There she worked for about five years, and when she left the firm in 1990, she joined the Eastern District of New York where she worked as a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office. In 1994, she was the head of the Long Island office, and while there, she worked on several corruption cases that the government in Brookhaven, New York, faced. She was promoted to chief assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District and headed the Brooklyn office from 1998 to 1999.
After her impressive track record, Lynch was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York by President Bill Clinton from 1999 to 2001. After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2001, she became a legal partner at Hogan & Hartson until 2010. During her work at Hogan & Hartson, she served as special counsel to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 2005.
In 2010 she was appointed U.S. Attorney General for the Eastern District of New York by President Barack Obama and in 2014 she was nominated by Obama to succeed Eric Holder, the resigned U.S. Attorney General. She was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 26, 2015. After her confirmation, Loretta Lynch became the second woman after Janet Reno and the first African-American woman to hold this office. She left office in January 2017 and was succeeded by Jeff Sessions.
Bill Clinton Mess
While serving as U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch worked on several high-profile cases, including that of former FBI boss James Comey and Hillary Clinton’s e-mail controversy during the 2016 presidential campaign. As the 2016 investigation reached its climax, Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton aboard the Justice Department jet in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting turned out to be a shambles, as it raised several eyebrows, arousing suspicion that they had met in connection with his wife’s case. Lynch obviously denied the allegation and said that their discussion was based on personal social issues.
Later, in January 2017, the Senate Justice Department opened an investigation to find out if Lynch was trying to interfere with Hillary Clinton’s e-mail investigation. In June 2018, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice released the investigation report, saying that her meeting was an error of assessment for the public perception is created. Furthermore, the report did not find any political bias in her meeting.
Loretta Lynch’s Husband
Loretta Lynch is married to Stephen Hargrove. Lynch’s husband is a former Showtime employee; he has worked as an on-air technician and on the set of famous television series such as House of Lies, Dreadful, Dexter, and Homeland. The amazing couple first met at a mutual friend’s event in New York. Shortly after, they fell in love with each other and in 2007 they entered into a marriage. Their wedding took place on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas.
Before their marriage, Hargrove had two children from his previous relationship, and after their marriage; the couple never considered having children of their own. Instead, they shared their love between their two children. They have enjoyed a blissful married life for over ten years, and there is no sign of marital problems between them.
Other Interesting Facts About Loretta Lynch
1. Lynch graduated from Harvard College in 1981 and received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1984.
2. She is the first black woman to become Attorney General in the history of the United States
3. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
4. Lynch is married to Stephen Hargrove and has two stepchildren from his former relationship.
5. Loretta Lynch was replaced as Attorney General in 2017 by Jeff Sessions