We can’t say that we are disappointed. She’ll likely still be confirmed in the end but the brakes have been applied. Just a few weeks ago Ms. Lynch was expected to get through confirmation fairly easily.
Perhaps some in the Senate had second thoughts given her history of aggressively using civil forfeiture to harass citizens. We’d like to think that’s why she’s under a higher powered microscope. Probably not, but it might be a factor.
Or maybe it is her ties to the HSBC settlement.
Though the drama over Lynch’s confirmation has been dominated by immigration and broader issues involving Holder, one senator raised another topic that has popped up in recent days. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who has long said he will vote against Lynch, noted that one of the reasons he asked for the nomination to be held over is new reports about the practices of the banking giant HSBC.
As a federal prosecutor, Lynch helped secure a 2012 settlement with HSBC. As part of her written responses that she submitted earlier this week, she said the bank could face more Justice Department action if it is found to have violated more laws, such as tax evasion. The deferred prosecution agreement as part of that settlement dealt with violations of the Bank Secrecy Act for failures to maintain an adequate anti-money laundering program, she noted in the responses.