If nominated and confirmed, Lynch would become the first African-American woman to hold the post.
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President Obama will announce his intention to nominate Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday.

“Ms. Lynch is a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the country,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.

“She will succeed Eric Holder, whose tenure has been marked by historic gains in the areas of criminal justice reform and civil rights enforcement,” he added.