Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.
UPDATE: On Saturday morning, President Barack Obama officially named U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as his pick to replace Eric Holder as the head of the Justice Department.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has chosen a federal prosecutor in New York to become the next attorney general.
The White House says in a statement that Obama intends to nominate U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as the head of the Justice Department.
FILE- In this June 17, 2013 file photo, Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Attorney's office in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Lynch could be on a list of contenders to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General. If selected, Lynch would make history as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
The White House calls Lynch "a strong, independent prosecutor."
If Lynch is confirmed, she will be Obama's second trail-blazing pick for the post. Holder was the first black attorney general and she would be the first black woman.
Lynch is the U.S. attorney for Eastern New York, which covers Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.
A formal announcement is planned Saturday at the White House.