Obama Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Started Sorority With Holder’s Wife

Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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President Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was a charter member of an all-black Harvard sorority — and so was Eric Holder’s wife.

Lynch will face the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday in her first confirmation hearing in her bid to succeed Holder as the nation’s leading law enforcement official.

But can Lynch as an investigator really be objective when it comes to her predecessor, who is currently in contempt of Congress over Fast and Furious scandal document obstruction and would probably warrant investigation from an unbiased successor? After all, Lynch goes way back with Holder’s wife.

“The Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was chartered on April 5, 1980 under the guidance of Nancy Randolph by 11 dynamic women hailing from Harvard University,” according to the history page on Harvard’s Delta Sigma Theta chapter website.

The website lists “Loretta Elizabeth Lynch” and “Sharon Denise Malone” beside each other on the list of the chapter’s charter members. Lynch and Malone both graduated from Harvard the following year, in 1981.

The Department of Justice and Xi Tau did not immediately return requests for comment.

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