After over five months of delay, the U.S. Senate votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as the first black woman to become the top U.S. law enforcement official. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday (April 23) to confirm Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obama's next attorney general, ending a more than five-month deadlock that made Lynch wait longer for confirmation than the last seven attorneys general combined. During debate prior to the vote, Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, called the delay in Lynch's confirmation a "shame". "She is a historic nominee for the right reasons - first African American woman, highly, highly qualified - everybody agrees with that. But what a shame that we add this second part of history to have her be the first out of 82 filibustered, to be held to this very disturbing double standard. This woman has had to face double standards all her life. Why one more?," Leahy said. The margin reflected the disapproval of many Republicans, who questioned her support of an executive order issued by Obama in November with the intent of shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation. Republican Charles Grassley said her testimony before the Senate indicated that her views would too closely match Obama's. The first black woman to become the top U.S. law enforcement official, Lynch, 55, was approved by a vote of 56 to 43.