Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch is President Obama's first pick for Attorney General, according to reports.
Lynch, who would replace departing AG Eric Holder, has served as U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York since Obama appointed her in 2010, though she also held this position from 1999-2001. CNN reports that she will be the second woman and the second African-American to hold the post, if officially confirmed for the job.
Lynch, 55, has presided over a number of high-profile cases during her time as U.S. Attorney. Notably, she hit Staten Island Representative Michael Grimm with a slew of fraud charges this year, including wire fraud, mail fraud, and tax fraud. Grimm, who also delighted millions when he threatened to toss a NY1 reporter off a balcony on live television this year, has pleaded not guilty, and was re-elected this week.
The Harvard Law School graduate also indicted a team of cyber-thieves accused of stealing $45 million from ATMs in just a few hours; a terror suspect who allegedly plotted to blow up the Federal Reserve; and won a conviction in the case of a rap mogul who ran a multi-million dollar cocaine ring, among other accomplishments.
Lynch has not officially been picked for the post, and Eric Schultz, the deputy White House press secretary, told the Times, "We’re not going to speculate on this in advance of the president’s decision." Other contenders include Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez and solicitor general Donald B. Verrilli Jr.; Obama is expected to announce his choice when he returns from Asia on November 16th.