After months of being criticized by specific conservative interest groups, questioning her capacity and commitment for being nominated as Attorney General, On February 17, 2015, Lorreta Lynch broke her silence by publicly responding to a question raised by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, House Judiciary Committee’s Republican member.
According to Senator Hatch’s spokesperson, since Ms. Lynch was not given the chance to respond to many allegations when the criticisms were raised a few months ago, the Senator would want to give her the chance to answer the numerous questions against her, whether she complied with the federal laws which ensure compensation has been provided to the victims of the crime.
In 2013, Paul Cassell, a law professor urged the review of Ms. Lynch’s office on how they handled a certain case that involves Felix Sater, addressed to the House of Judiciary Committee. This case pertains to the case in 1998, where Mr. Sater agreed to help the government with their national security issues and ultimately sentenced to pay $25,000 to the Court which has been justified on various grounds. Seemingly, this is in gratitude for the service he will provide to the country. Until today, the court has sealed his records for national security issues and other reasons that relate to his cooperation with the government.
Ms. Lynch responded to Senator Hatch through a letter, she stated that the assistance of Sater was very critical to the national security because he provided sensitive and valuable information during the time of his cooperation to the government that began in December 1998. Now, it has been over a decade that he has been working with the prosecutors of Ms. Lynch’s office as well as other agencies such as the Attorney’s Office of the US in the Southern District in New York, law enforcement agents of the FBI and even with several law enforcement agencies. He has provided crucial information to the national security, at the same time, convicted more than 20 individuals including the people responsible for the massive financial fraud. It did not end here; Felix Sater is responsible for the conviction of La Cosa Nostra’s members. Ms. Lynch said that for these reasons, Felix Sater’s case was sealed by the court.
Indeed, the letter of Ms. Lynch confirmed many things such as her actions towards the case of Mr. Sater, the extra cooperation he rendered and most especially, his unparalleled assistance with regards to the national security.
Finally, she emphasized that each court including the US Supreme Court have rejected all impropriety claims with respect to the case of Mr. Felix Sater.