Obama Expected to Nominate Loretta Lynch for Attorney General

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Summary: The top pick to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General is that of the Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Loretta Lynch.

The top pick to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General is that of the Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Loretta Lynch, according to the New York Post.

Loretta Lynch

Obama could make the announcement as early as next week, when he returns from his diplomatic trip to Asia.

Even if the announcement is made next week, Lynch would likely have to wait until next year before taking part in the confirmation process.

Obama does not want to rush her appointment in the final weeks of the year because he does not want to antagonize the incoming Republican majority, according to sources that spoke with the Associated Press.

The sources said that there is not enough time left this year for Lynch to be vetted to the Senate Judiciary Committee and then approved by the Senate.

"It's too late to deal with this in a lame duck session," said Jim Manley, a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "There's no way anyone is going to be around right before Christmas. That leaves the debate for next year."

Lynch would be the replacement for Eric Holder, who announced he will step down from the position when a replacement is found. If Lynch is approved, she would become the country's first black female attorney general. The first female attorney general was Janet Reno.

Holder made his announcement in September.

Lynch was nominated for her current position by Obama in 2010. She held the same post from 1999 to 2001 when appointed by President Bill Clinton.

"Loretta is very skillful and very savvy. I think she'll be a perfect choice for a position of that magnitude. It's a safe selection but a good one," a high-ranking Eastern District colleague told The Post.

"She's a polished speaker and always comes off as highly professional without being arrogant. I'd say she projects calm and competence. She's totally prepared for this. Unless she managed to hide some dark element of her past then I really can't see much opposition to her."

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