U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch doesn't want to be considered for nomination to the Supreme Court to take the spot formerly occupied by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
Administration insiders had concluded more than a week ago that Lynch's nomination would create an opening for Senate Republicans to demand Justice Department documents on pending investigations, and it was therefore considered a non-starter.
Lynch had been among the names floated by observers as potential nominees. Scalia, the influential conservative, died in Texas on Feb. 13.
Senate Republicans have vowed to block anyone President Obama chooses, saying the next president should choose the next Supreme Court justice.