President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Loretta E. Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General.
Lynch, a leading federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, would be the first African-American female to hold the post if she is confirmed.
"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. "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 is expected to make the formal nomination Saturday alongside current U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.