In their desperate fervor to demonize Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General, conservatives have made a small error. The ever-reliable Breitbart wondered on Saturday why “few are talking about” the fact that Lynch “was part of Bill Clinton’s Whitewater probe defense team in 1992,” citing a New York Times article that mentioned the Clintons were represented by Loretta Lynch, who was a campaign aide to the Clintons.
The connection to Whitewater ought to provide additional fodder for Republicans during Lynch’s confirmation hearings. It is odd that Obama chose someone so close to the Clintons–or perhaps not, given the prominent role played by Clinton insider John Podesta in the second term of the Obama White House. Lynch has been rewarded throughout her career for her political loyalty–not an unusual path up the career ladder for federal prosecutors, but certainly one that will allow the GOP, as well as Obama, to raise the political stakes.
Unfortunately for these desperate right-wingers, they were thinking of a different Loretta Lynch. President Obama’s nominee never worked for the Clintons, and had no connection to Whitewater.
Breitbart removed the article, but it was preserved by MediaMatters:
To be fair, it’s understandable how Breitbart could make this error. After all, they look so similar.
After realizing the nonsensical error, Breitbart posted a correction in a new article, in which they called the (correct) Lynch a “qualified but political choice.”
An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Loretta Lynch as having represented the Clintons during the Whitewater scandal. That portion of the article has been removed.
Unfortunately, this new information did not matter to Breitbart readers. You know, because she’s black.
Keep it classy, Republicans.