Loretta Lynch expected to be chosen as new Attorney General
(CNN) — Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, is expected to be President Barack Obama’s pick for Attorney General, U.S. officials briefed on the matter told CNN.
An announcement is expected in the coming days, though timing is complicated by the president’s plans to travel to Asia this weekend.
Lynch is a popular prosecutor who is in her second stint as US Attorney in New York’s eastern district, appointed by President Obama in 2010 and also serving in the same post from 1999-2001 under President Bill Clinton.
White House principal deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told CNN in a statement “We don’t have any personnel updates for you, and I’m certainly not going to speculate on any decisions before the President announces them.”
U.S. Officials says the President’s decision is not official until there is a formal announcement from the White House.
Lynch would be the second woman to serve as Attorney General and second African American to hold the post. Lynch served on the trial team that prosecuted and won convictions against New York City police officers for violating the civil rights of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who police sodomized.
That experience could help at the helm at the Justice Department, which is overseeing high-profile civil rights probes including that into the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown.
Lynch has quietly built a solid reputation in New York, where Preet Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, garners magazine covers and regular media attention for Wall Street prosecutions.
Her 2010 nomination won Senate approval on a voice vote, meaning Republicans didn’t view her as controversial. In recent months, however, she has led the prosecution of Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican congressman from Staten Island, for alleged tax fraud. Grimm won reelection this week despite being under indictment, and has called the case against him politically motivated. Current Attorney General Eric Holder announced his plans in September to step down.