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President Obama chooses Brooklyn’s Loretta Lynch to be next attorney general

Posted at 11:29 AM, Nov 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-07 22:56:27-05

WASHINGTON (AP/PIX11) — President Barack Obama has chosen a federal prosecutor in New York to become the next attorney general.

The White House says in a statement that Obama intends to nominate U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as the head of the Justice Department.

“Tomorrow, the President will announce his intent to nominate U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be the Attorney General of the United States. The President will make the announcement in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, and will be joined by Attorney General Holder and Ms. Lynch," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.

"Ms. Lynch is a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the country. She will succeed Eric Holder, whose tenure has been marked by historic gains in the areas of criminal justice reform and civil rights enforcement.”

If Lynch is confirmed, she will be Obama's second trail-blazing pick for the post. Holder was the first black attorney general and she would be the first black woman.

Lynch is the U.S. attorney for Eastern New York, which covers Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

A formal announcement is planned Saturday at the White House.