Loretta Lynch Confirmed as AG

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Loretta Lynch testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee (Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times)

The U.S. Senate voted (56-43) today to narrowly confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States. Ten Republicans joined all 44 Democrats, along with two independents, ending the months of waiting. Eric Holder bid farewell to the Department on Friday and Lynch is expected to be sworn in on Monday. Lynch, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, is the first U.S. Attorney to be elevated by a president directly to the position of attorney general since 1817.

Holder said goodbye to Justice Department employees Friday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Holder said goodbye to Justice Department employees Friday.
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