WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama introduced his choice for attorney general Saturday as an accomplished prosecutor from New York City who will carry on a “fierce commitment to equal justice.”
Loretta Lynch, 55, would be the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general. She would replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, who also was at Saturday’s announcement and was the first black head of the Justice Department.
Obama argued at a White House ceremony that it’s “pretty hard to be more qualified” for the job of attorney general than the Brooklyn federal prosecutor.
“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 to laughter from those who packed the Roosevelt Room for the announcement.