United States Attorney Loretta E. Lynch. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
President Barack Obama has announced his nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General of the United States, succeeding Eric Holder. If confirmed by the Senate, Lynch would be the first black woman to hold the position.
Obama has expressed hopes that the Senate would approve Lynch, 55, without delay, stressing that Lynch distinguished herself as “tough and fair.”
“It’s pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta,” the president said. “Throughout her 30 year career, she has distinguished herself as tough, as fair, [as] an independent lawyer who has twice headed one of the most prominent U.S. attorney’s offices in the country.”
In nominating Lynch, a 55-year-old US attorney, to be the nation’s top prosecutor, Obama is selecting an attorney experienced in cases involving police brutality, terrorism plots, mortgage securities fraud, and money laundering.
“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,” said the White House Press Secretary in a statement announcing Lynch’s nomination.
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