Transition Team Tries to Smooth out Selection Process for Eric Holder

November 19, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Eric Holder, who worked in the Justice Department for the Clinton administration, has been signalled by Obama’s transition team to be the next attorney general. There is no final official word so far about. If he is appointed then he will become the first African-American to serve the nation’s top law enforcement official. The Justice department plays a leading role in enforcing civil rights laws in the country.

The transition team is trying to gauge whether he has sufficient bipartisan support for him the senate. Sources close to the transition team reported that the team is making all the efforts for his smooth selection and that he does not face too many obstacles during the Senate confirmation process.

Holder’s selection is assumed to be a “near certainty” and would close the options for Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. However, the Governor is presumed to be a possible Supreme Court nominee but has said that he plans to seek re-election.

Holder, 57, has extensive experience with criminal justice system. He has also been a former judge and top federal prosecutor in Washington DC. He is also well-known amongst city’s legal community and his works for troubled juveniles. He is known to have innate sense of fairness and strong moral compass that makes him an excellent choice as an attorney general. He has also been the first African-American to serve as a Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton administration. He is a well-regarded prosecutor turned corporate lawyer in the private practice.

President-elect Barack Obama has not names any of his cabinet secretaries but he is likely to take his pick from the Democrats and White House Staff positions that have served the Clinton administration.


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