BREAKING NEWS: Leaks from the Administration today say that President Obama has chosen Federal Prosecutor U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch from the Eastern District of New York to replace Eric Holder, a position she has held since the Clinton Administration. She has been previously confirmed by the senate twice as a U.S. Attorney. She is a close adviser to Eric Holder.
Annmarie McAvoy, an attorney and former federal prosecutor who worked directly under Lynch during her first tenure as U.S. Attorney from 1999-2001, said, “She’s got a good reputation …she’s done some great work in her office. She’s not one to put her head in the sand. She’s hasn’t been afraid to go after corruption, things like that, against Republicans and Democrats.”
Let’s hope she isn’t afraid to go after corruption, there is an abundance of it in Washington, D.C.
President Obama intends to nominate U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as his next attorney general, the White House said Friday. If confirmed, she would be the first African American woman to serve in that post.
Lynch, 55, is an experienced prosecutor with deep relationships inside the Justice Department and a long history of litigating political corruption, terrorism and organized crime cases.
“Ms. Lynch is a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the country,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. He said that outgoing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Lynch will join Obama in the Roosevelt Room on Saturday for the announcement of the nomination. “She will succeed Eric Holder, whose tenure has been marked by historic gains in the areas of criminal justice reform and civil rights enforcement,” Earnest said.
Lynch was the least controversial of the final choices before the president, according to several government officials. She has been confirmed twice by the Senate. And she was respected for the way she conducted several high-profile cases without seeking publicity.
Still, the nomination could spark a battle on Capitol Hill. Republicans warned before the midterm election said they opposed the idea of approving a nomination in a lame-duck session of Congress. Democrats, however, may choose to have the confirmation fight while they still have control of the Senate.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who is expected to be the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday he expected Lynch to get a “very fair but thorough vetting” from the committee.