President Obama formally welcomed a still-new member of his team Wednesday who has already become an international celebrity: Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Bribery charges against officials in charge of soccer’s World Cup — the world’s most popular and lucrative sporting event — have won Lynch notoriety across the globe.
“She hit the ground running from day one,” Obama said at an investiture ceremony for Lynch. “She’s already made her mark here at home and abroad because of her laser focus on the core mission of the Justice Department — the protection of the American people.”
While Lynch has been on the job for nearly two months, she had not had a formal swearing-in ceremony.
Describing the Justice Department as one of the nation’s most important agencies, Obama said Lynch’s duties range from protection of the environment to preservation of civil rights, from criminal justice reform to police-community relations, and from terrorism to financial crimes.
“She understands the importance of protecting our national security while also securing our civil liberties,” Obama said. “That’s why she will safeguard the programs that are critical to protecting American lives and Americans’ privacy.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, David Jackson