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It's official: White House announces nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General

The White House officially announced late on Friday that President Barack Obama will nominate Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, to be the next Attorney General. The declaration follows reports from earlier in the day that Lynch would be selected.

"Ms. Lynch is a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney's Offices in the country," 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."

Obama will officially introduce Lynch's nomination on Saturday at the White House, the statement said, joined by both Lynch and outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

If she is confirmed by the Senate, Lynch would be the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General.