By Armeesha Piedra
WASHINGTON–On Nov. 8, President Barack Obama officially announced his nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. Attorney General. If she accepts, she would be the first Black woman to hold that position.
“Loretta Lynch doesn’t look to make headlines, she looks to make a difference. She’s not about splash she is about substance,” Obama stated.
Lynch’s accomplishments include prosecuting terrorists and securing “billions” from banks accused of fraud.
The president intended on waiting to announce his choice, however, it was reported that CNN received word of his nomination and would leak the information if he had not done so.
The nomination comes after recent resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder this past September.
Lynch, 55, currently serves as the U.S. attorney for Eastern New York, covering Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island, a position she also held under former president Bill Clinton.
“Ms. Lynch is a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the country,” said Josh Ernest, White House press secretary.
According to news reports, Democrats told the White House winning validation for a new attorney general poses as a potential difficulty during the “lame-duck session” of Congress, as the party is currently competing with other urgencies before Congressional power turnover to Republicans in January.
“Pushing through a nominee so quickly could [potentially taint] the new attorney general’s start in the office,” Democrats said.
Fortunately, at a time when Obama’s political favoritism is under scrutiny, Lynch’s detatchment from the president could work to an advantage in her nomination process.
Obama also considered former White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler for the position.