President Obama will nominate Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, as attorney general of the United States on Saturday, according to a statement by the Press Secretary. Lynch would succeed Eric Holder, who announced his retirement in September after six years on the job. Lynch would be the second woman and second African American to serve as attorney general. Lynch served on the team that prosecuted and won convictions against NYPD officers for violating the civil rights of a Haitian immigrant who police sodomized. In 2010, the Senate approved Lynch by voice vote, meaning Republicans didn’t see her as controversial. "Ms. Lynch is a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney's offices in the country," the statement said. "She will succeed Eric Holder, whose tenure has been marked by historic gains in the areas of criminal justice reform and civil rights enforcement."
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