TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 14, 2014

President Barack Obama does not plan to announce his choice for attorney general before the November elections, the Associated Press reported today, possibly setting up a showdown for a lame duck session. The decision allegedly was made so that Senate Democrats could avoid taking potentially controversial positions on a specific nominee. Some Senate Republicans have called on the president to wait until the new Senate is seated in January before taking action. A White House official told the AP that the president has not yet decided who he wants to name to the post being vacated by Eric Holder. Those frequently mentioned include Solicitor General Don Verrilli, former White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler and Labor Secretary Tom Perez.