By LOUIS FLORES
President Barack Obama is considering nominating Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as the next U.S. Attorney General to lead the U.S. Justice Department, according to a report by NPR.
U.S. Attorney Lynch would replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced that he was stepping down after a series of controversies that have shaken the integrity and independence of the Justice Department
U.S. Attorney Lynch is the highest ranking prosecutor with jurisdiction covering Queens County politics, but her office of federal prosecutors have failed to bring any of the charges in a long spate of recent public corruption cases against Queens officials, even though prosecutors with New York's eastern district are believed to be safely removed from the corruptive influence of local campaign consultants and lobbyists, some government reform activists say.
As reported about by Progress Queens, with public corruption seemingly running rampant through Queens politics, a controversy involving the politically-connected, nonprofit group, the Corona-Elmhurst Center for Economic Development, has gone overlooked by U.S. Attorney Lynch's office.
Government reform activists claim that President Obama is seeking in Attorney General Holder's replacement a figurehead, who can be controlled by the White House.
Attorney General Holder leaves behind a mixed record at the nation's top law enforcement officer. During his administration over the Department of Justice, the federal government refused to continue to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, a move that would help to further expand marriage equality across the nation. However, the Department of Justice became embroiled in new scandals, including Attorney General Holder's crackdown on whistleblowers that extended to abridging the First Amendment rights of journalists. Also during his leadership, the Department of Justice stood by and did nothing as the Obama administration denied more Freedom of Information Act requests than it approved, including one filed with the Department of Justice pertaining to the government's prosecution of activists. Attorney General Holder also became the first sitting top prosecutor to be held in contempt of Congress for having failed to coöperate with an investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, still yet another controversy that implicated the Department of Justice.