As top Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch emerged Friday as the top candidate for Attorney General, President Obama said he was still considering his options.
The president, amid reports that Lynch would be his nominee, insisted it was too soon to say for sure who would replace the outgoing Eric Holder as the nation’s No. 1 prosecutor.
“When I do (know), you’ll be the first to know,” the president told Congressional leaders at a Friday lunch.
No announcement is likely from the White House until after the president makes a scheduled trip to Asia next week.
Obama, once his choice is announced, is apparently content to wait for confirmation hearings until the new Republican-controlled Senate arrives next year.
The 55-year-old prosecutor Lynch, if chosen, would then head to Washington for the hearings.
Lynch — appointed by Obama in May 2010 to her current job atop the Eastern District — will remain on the job in Brooklyn until then.
She would become the nation’s first black female to hold the job, and the second woman after Janet Reno.
Neighbors in her Brooklyn neighborhood, while unaware of Lynch’s law enforcement exploits, were thrilled by word of her possible ascension.
“I had no idea,” said Bill Giglio, who lives next door to Lynch in Prospect Heights. “I know her as Loretta … I was surprised. She’s a nice woman.”
Duke Saunders, a resident of the block for a half-century, said Lynch was a constantly upbeat presence on the local streets.