Did Al Sharpton Just Pick The Next Attorney General?

Patrick Howley Political Reporter
Font Size:

An MSNBC host may have just chosen the next attorney general of the United States.

President Obama is expected to nominate Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as attorney general of the United States, just two days after Obama’s post-election meeting with Al Sharpton and weeks after Lynch’s own meeting with Sharpton.

Lynch is known to be close to Holder due to her membership in the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

Lynch was appointed U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York by President Obama in 2010. She rose to prominence as a prosecutor on the team that convicted New York police officers in the 1999 Abner Louima assault case.

Lynch served as a U.S. attorney in Brooklyn during the last two years of the Clinton administration between 1999 and 2001, followed by a tenure at the Washington mega-firm Hogan Lovells — previously Hogan & Hartson.

Lynch met with Sharpton and Esaw Garner, the wife of a New York City brutality victim, in Lynch’s Brooklyn office on August 21, 2014.

Obama met with Sharpton at the White House Wednesday, less than a full day after his party lost the midterm elections.

Sharpton has previously revealed that his National Action Network was working with the White House on replacing Holder.

Lynch’s confirmation process is expected to be rushed through before Republicans take over the Senate in January.

Attempts to reach the Rev. were unsuccessful.

Follow Patrick on Twitter