On Saturday, the president will announce that Loretta Lynch is his choice to take over for Holder. If confirmed by the Senate, Lynch would be President Obama’s second historic pick for the post after Holder served as the nation’s first black attorney general.
The president originally had planned to wait until after a trip to Asia next week to announce Lynch as his choice but that changed after CNN reported that she had been chosen.
Lynch, 55, is the U.S. attorney for Eastern New York, which covers Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island, a position she also held under President Bill Clinton.
“Ms. Lynch is a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the country,” Obama press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Rev. Al Sharpton is weighing in on the selection of Lynch Here what he had to say via a statement from his publicist Jacky Johnson:
“The nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the new Attorney General of the United States is applaudable and deserving. She is an excellent and worthy choice to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder in his groundbreaking work for the American people. I have known Ms. Lynch since she was on the team around the Abner Louima case in the late nineties. Though we have not always agreed on cases, I have always seen her operate in the most fair, balanced, and just manner. Americans would be served greatly by her becoming our next Attorney General and the President should be given kudos for such a nomination.” – Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network
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