Tide turns against Obama’s Loretta Lynch
WASHINGTON – Loretta Lynch’s bid to become the next attorney general appears to be in big trouble, as a well-placed source on Capitol Hill told WND there are now rumblings that even some Democratic Party senators may oppose her nomination.
The source also said WND’s revelations about Lynch’s ties to terrorists and drug lords are playing a part in the growing opposition to her confirmation.
But with every passing day, her prospects apparently grow more dim, especially after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced on Sunday that Lynch will not get a confirmation vote until GOP differences with Democrats over an anti-human trafficking bill are resolved.
Just four GOP senators are now prepared to vote in favor of confirming Lynch: Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; and Susan Collins, R-Maine.
Another well-placed Capitol Hill source told WND it may all come down to whether McCain can persuade his close colleagues in the Senate to vote against Lynch’s confirmation.
Politico reports undecided Republicans include Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.
But behind the scenes, the sudden change of hearts also may be due to a WND expose about allegations that Lynch covered-up money laundering by drug lords and terrorists.
WND has chronicled in great detail charges that Lynch, in her capacity as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 2012, arranged a mere slap-on-the-wrist settlement with the world’s second-largest bank, HSBC, for laundering billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists.
The wrist-slap $1.9 billion fine paid to the U.S. government, and an admission of “willful criminal conduct,” allowed HSBC to enter into a “deferred prosecution” settlement, which ended the investigation and stopped the filing of criminal charges.
Whistleblower and former HSBC Vice President John Cruz told WND he believes the laundering is still continuing due to the lack of oversight by Lynch.
HSBC also faces a renewed investigation by U.S. authorities and British lawmakers “after reports it helped customers to conceal millions of dollars of assets in a period up to 2007.”
After WND recently informed key senators of the charges, they expressed keen interest as Cruz provided Senate investigators with his voluminous documented evidence.
Cruz called the $1.9 billion HSBC fine “a joke,” explaining to WND that HSBC bank auditors had told him in 2009 that senior managers and compliance officers in New York were fully aware the London-headquartered bank was engaged in a criminal scheme to launder money internationally for Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists.
“The auditors warned me investigating the money laundering could cost me my job,” Cruz said. “The auditors told me in 2009 that nobody in the bank was going to go to jail and that HSBC had already put aside $2 billion in reserves to pay the fine they somehow had reason to suspect back then that the Department of Justice would demand to settle the case.”
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