Brooklyn prosecutor Loretta Lynch nominated as next Attorney General

Updated 6:22 p.m. EDT

WASHINGTON — 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.

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.