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For Loretta Lynch, a Stunning Debut on the World Stage

U.S. General Attorney Loretta Lynch holds a press conference to announce law enforcement action against FIFA officials in a 47-count indictment at the US. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, NY, on May 27, 2015. Nine FIFA Officials and five corporate executives charged with racketeering conspiracy, corruption and money laundering. (Anthony Behar/AP Photo)
U.S. General Attorney Loretta Lynch holds a press conference to announce law enforcement action against FIFA officials in a 47-count indictment at the US. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, NY, on May 27, 2015. Nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives charged with racketeering conspiracy, corruption and money laundering. (Anthony Behar/AP Photo)

 

(Politico) – For almost six months, Loretta Lynch was known mostly as the woman who couldn’t get an up-or-down vote on her nomination as attorney general.

But after only a month in office she could hardly have crafted a more attention-grabbing debut than the dramatic announcement she made Wednesday of an American-led takedown of corruption in FIFA, the governing body of international soccer.

Lynch, wrote the German newspaper Bild, was “shocking FIFA like an earthquake.”

In seven years as chief prosecutor in Brooklyn, Lynch oversaw a slew of financial investigations that targeted some of the world’s biggest banks and won admissions of rigging multi-billion-dollar markets in mortgages and global currency.

But none of those cases managed to punch through the noise like the U.S. legal assault on FIFA and the arrests of seven of its officials Wednesday morning at a Zurich hotel.

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