The nomination could set up the first major post-midterms Senate showdown. | AP Photo
By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | 11/7/14 1:13 PM EST
President Barack Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be the new attorney general on Saturday, setting up what could prove the first major post-midterms Senate showdown.
Obama called for Lynch to be confirmed “without delay,” but White House aides say he’ll defer to Senate leaders on whether to press ahead with a vote during the coming lame duck session, or to wait until next year, when the Republicans will officially be in the majority.