New York United States Attorney Loretta Lynch has been nominated for the United States Attorney General post Saturday, a day later than what was speculated. The nomination from President Barack Obama came ahead a media flurry of when the news would become public.
Lynch, 55, would become the first Black woman to hold the nation’s top attorney position and just the second Black person to do so. In a statement Friday, the White House railed off Lynch’s accomplishments in a bid to speed along her confirmation process via the U.S. Senate.
Outgoing Attorney General Eric G. Holder issued a statement Saturday morning in regards to the nomination.
From AG Holder:
“Throughout her career, and especially during her tenure as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York – during both the Clinton and Obama Administrations – Loretta has earned the trust and respect of Justice Department employees at every level, in Washington and throughout the country. She is held in high regard by criminal justice, law enforcement, and civil rights leaders of all stripes.
“I am confident that Loretta will lead the Department of Justice with integrity, honor, and distinction. I congratulate her, once again, on her appointment. And I wish her the best of luck.”
President Obama greeted a small contingent of media, government officials and members of Lynch’s family while sharing Lynch’s credentials. As noted, Lynch is not seen as a controversial selection but is billed as a dedicated attorney who works on a variety of issues including civil rights and police brutality.
Watch the clip of Loretta Lynch’s nomination by President Barack Obama below. Point your cursors to the 36:30 mark to see the conference.