by RJEvans, Tue Nov 18, 2008 at 10:51:16 AM EST
Eric Holder has been named the next Attorney General of the United States.
Holder was first appointed by Reagan to serve as an Associate Judge on the D.C. Supreme Court. He was then appointed by Clinton to serve as an Attorney for the District of Columbia. Holder also served as Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton Administration from 1997 to 2001 as was Acting Attorney General early in the Bush Administration.
Holder worked as an attorney at Covington and Burling and joined the Obama campaign as a senior legal adviser.
Holder attended Stuyvestant High School and Columbia University earing his B.A. in 1973 and his J.D. in '76.
Only one kick
The only hesitancy about Holders selection was that he himself had reservations about going through a confirmation process that was likely to revive questions about his role in signing off on the controversial pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich. Although there is no evidence that Holder actively pushed the pardon, he was criticized for not raising with the White House the strong objections that some Justice Department lawyers and federal prosecutors in New York had to pardoning somebody who had fled the country. But after reviewing the evidence in the case, and checking with staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Obama aides and Holder both decided the issue was highly unlikely to prove an obstacle to his confirmation, one of the sources said--especially given the Democrats more sizable post-election majority in the Senate.
This has yet to be confirmed by the Obama Transition team, but it is being reported by the news outlets. The Obama campaign says that this is not a done deal, but it is as close as it gets. Holder will be the first African-American Attorney General.
More as it comes...