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Vice President Joe Biden applauds as Loretta Lynch speaks at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, after Biden administered the oath of office to Lynch as the 83rd Attorney General of the U.S. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Vice President Joe Biden applauds as Loretta Lynch speaks at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, after Biden administered the oath of office to Lynch as the 83rd Attorney General of the U.S. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
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Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, becoming the first African-American woman to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official.

She said her confirmation as attorney general showed that "we can do anything" and pledged to deal with cyberattacks and other threats facing the country.

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath of office to Lynch at a Justice Department ceremony. Lynch replaces Eric Holder, who left the job Friday after six years as attorney general.

The 55-year-old Lynch was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday following a months-long delay in which her nomination became caught up in a dispute over human trafficking legislation.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR's Ron Elving about what's ahead for Lynch.

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This segment aired on April 27, 2015.

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