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Under pressure from Republicans, Loretta Lynch promised a fresh relationship with law enforcement and with Congress on Wednesday at confirmation hearings to become the nation’s first female black attorney general.

“I pledge to all of you and to the American people that I will fulfill my responsibilities with integrity and independence,” she said in remarks prepared for the panel, led by Republicans who say Attorney General Eric Holder has been too willing to follow President Barack Obama’s political agenda.

Sen. Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican who chairs the committee, said as much in the opening moments of the hearing, the Senate’s first confirmation proceedings since the GOP took control this month.

He said the department is “deeply politicized.” But that’s what happens when the attorney general of the United States views himself, in his own words, as the president’s “wingman.”

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