Thursday, November 8, 2012

Let the Betting Begin!

A new presidential term often means new cabinet appointments -- and people are already wondering if that means a new attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Current Attorney General Eric Holder has said nothing (so far) about leaving, but that isn't stopping The Wall Street Journal from guessing who would replace him if he did, in fact, step down:
we have some other names to put in play:

Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. senator for Rhode Island. Before he was elected to the Senate in 2006, Mr. Whitehouse was Rhode Island’s U.S. attorney and attorney general. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee.

Amy Klobuchar, U.S. senator for Minnesota. Also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Klobuchar was elected to the Senate in 2006. Before that she was prosecutor for Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis and 45 suburbs.

Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He is the head of the most prominent federal prosecutor’s office in the country, and Mr. Bharara has received high marks for his performance. He was previously Sen. Charles E. Schumer’s top aide on the Senate Judiciary Committee and a federal prosecutor in the office he now runs.

Neil MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. MacBride has been in that role since 2009. Before that, he was associate deputy attorney general at the Justice Department and a federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia. Mr. MacBride also had a stint as chief counsel to then-Sen. Joe Biden on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs.

Tony West, acting associate attorney general. Mr. West is currently the No. 3 official in the department, behind Deputy Attorney General James Cole. He has run the department’s Civil Division since the early days of the Obama administration, and before that, he was a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Kathy Ruemmler, White House counsel. Ms. Ruemmler has Department of Justice roots, and she’s probably too senior now to return there as anything less than attorney general. She was a member of the Enron Task Force, and after a stint in private practice, joined the Obama administration as a top official in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, which manages the department’s day-to-day affairs.
Got any other guesses?  Leave them (and who you're putting your money on) in a comment.

(For the record, FAMM has no idea what's gonna happen.)