WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
President Barack Obama nominated Loretta Lynch, a U.S. Attorney from Brooklyn, to be the new U.S. Attorney General on Saturday, November 8.
Lynch, 55, is the U.S. Attorney for Eastern New York, which includes Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island. She was selected for the post by Obama in 2010 and served the same position from 1999 to 2001 during the Clinton presidency.
“It’s pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta Lynch,” Obama said according to CNN.
Lynch would replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his plans to resign in September.
She would be the second woman and second African-American to hold this position.
“I will wake up with the protection of the American people my first thought,” Lynch said according to the Wall Street Journal.
Lynch filed tax evasion charges against Rep. Michael Grimm of Staten Island, who was accused of hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages from his restaurant. He pleaded not guilty but is set to go to trial in February.
She oversaw the March conviction of state Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., who was taking bribes in a sting operation.
Lynch helped prosecute the police officers who battered and sexually assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima, after arresting him outside a Brooklyn nightclub in 1997.
Lynch also charged mobster Vincent Asaro and his associates in January for the 1978 heist of $6 million in cash and jewelry from JFK Airport.
“Loretta might be the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters and drug lords and terrorists and still has the reputation for being a charming people person,” Obama said according to CNN.
Obama also considered nominating former White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler, but she did not want the nomination because she feared her close relationship to the president would be controversial.
Lynch must win the Senate confirmation next week in order to get the position. Democrats in Washington said this would be difficult in the week following the Midterm Election.