The recent confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the none-too-soon successor to the current Commissar Attorney General of the United States, engendered a lot of speculation about whether or not the exit of "Fast and Furious" Holder will also spell the end of Operation Choke Point. In a Senate hearing, Ms. Lynch was less than enlightening on this point.
In response to questions by Senator Mark Lee, a Chock Point critic, she sounded positively tepid.
Lynch told the senator that should she be confirmed, she would work with him to ensure that law-abiding Americans aren’t targeted by the initiative.
“I look forward to hearing your concerns and working with you on them,” she said.
Let's hope that when she uses the term "working with you" she doesn't really mean "working you over." Time will tell.
On another issue, however, she differs markedly from her boss, the Department of Justice, and FinCEN, which have been falling all over themselves to aid the heirs to Cheech and Chong to light up their bongs. Unlike Barack, Loretta loathes the demon weed.
A federal prosecutor in New York, Ms. Lynch told the Senate Committee on the Judiciary she disagreed with the president’s no-big-deal take on pot, saying, “I certainly don’t hold that view and don’t agree with that view of marijuana as a substance.”
“I think the president was speaking from his personal experience and personal opinion, neither of which I’m able to share,” Ms. Lynch said. “But I can tell you that not only do I not support the legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization. Nor would it be the position should I become confirmed as attorney general.”