Loretta Lynch and President Obama
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Loretta Lynch 'thrilled' to be President Obama's nominee for attorney general

US President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general has said she is "thrilled and humbled" by the honour.

Loretta Lynch, 55, told a news conference that if confirmed by the Senate, she would "work every day to safeguard our citizens, our liberties, our rights and this great nation".

Current Attorney General Eric Holder, who resigned in September, frequently clashed with Republicans in Congress over issues including gun control and same-sex marriage.

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