As Attorney General Eric Holder visited Brooklyn as part of his “Smart On Crime” tour, the New York Daily News reports that Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch is his choice to succeed him, quoting a “knowledgeable source.” The Justice Department denied the report. Insiders say Lynch, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez are the leading candidates. Lynch, 55, a graduate of Harvard Law School, has overseen prosecutions of terrorists, corrupt politicians, white collar fraudsters and mobsters. She chairs Holder’s advisory committee.
Yesterday, Holder visited a Pretrial Opportunity Program and a Special Options Services Program in Brooklyn. DOJ says the “Smart On Crime” initiative “seeks to strengthen the criminal justice system, increase public safety and reduce excessive sentences for individuals charged with low-level drug crimes.”