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Report: President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch as US Attorney General

Loretta Lynch
Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has been nominated to succeed Eric Holder as the country’s attorney general, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Lynch would be the first African-American woman to hold the position if confirmed by the full Senate, according to the report by Sari Horwitz and Juliet Eilperin.

She initially served as the top federal prosecutor in New York’s eastern district between 1999 and 2001 and was reappointed for the role in 2010.

The Harvard Law School graduate also chairs a U.S. Justice Department commission that advises the U.S. attorney general on judicial policy matters.

According to the newspaper, Lynch has wide litigation experience related to organized crime, political corruption and terrorism and is known for her method of handling high-profile cases.

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