Only Barack Obama, (err Valarie Jarrett), knows who is on the short list to replace Eric Holder as the United States Attorney General.
As stipulated by Eric Holder's terms of resignation, he will remain as Attorney General until his replacement is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Which brings about speculation of whoever the nominee, will they go through confirmation hearings under a Democrat or Republican controlled Senate? Should confirmation proceedings occur prior to the end of 2014, the Democrats led by Harry Reid would still control the hearing. On the other hand, should the Republicans win control of the Senate on November 4th, hearings commencing after January 1, 2015, would be under GOP control.
Let's add in the thought that if the Dems and Harry Reid force a vote prior to the end of the year, there will no doubt be a high profile, filibuster by one of the conservative Senators. Although one must remember that Reid changed the rules of the Senate regarding federal justice appointments which allow less than super majority of votes to win a nomination.
Now on to the speculation about the next U.S. Attorney General...
Several sources state these individuals to be top candidates for consideration for A.G.:
- Kamala Harris - Attorney General for California
- Donald Verrilli - U.S. Solicitor General
- Deval Patrick - Governor of Massachusetts and former head of Justice Department Civil Right's Division under Clinton.
- Sheldon Whitehouse - Democrat U.S. Senator from Rhode Island
- Thomas Perez - U.S. Secretary of Labor
- Kathryn Ruemmler - Former Obama White House Counsel and Justice Department official.
One possible clue was uttered by a White House official on NBC's Meet the Press. When asked about who would be considered for A.G., a comment included that the President would be making the decision who "she" would be.
Of course only time will tell who Obama selects and how the control of the Senate will govern the confirmation.