November 18th, 2008
05:12 PM ET
6 years ago

Sources: Obama chooses Eric Holder to be Attorney General

CNN has learned that President-elect Obama offered the position of Attorney General to Eric Holder, a veteran of the Clinton administration.
CNN has learned that President-elect Obama offered the position of Attorney General to Eric Holder, a veteran of the Clinton administration.

(CNN) –Sources tell CNN’s Ed Henry and John King Barack Obama has chosen Eric Holder as his nominee for Attorney General.

Holder has accepted the position but must still undergo a vetting process by the Obama transition team.

If confirmed, Holder will become the first African-American to hold the position.

He served as deputy attorney general under Bill Clinton

Newsweek first reported the story.

soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Lizz

    Can't avoid old Clinton's people as they are from Dems.
    If Mc Cain wins, he would have Bushes' people too.

    So, the meaning of CHANGE is referring to policies and may not be people.

    November 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Latigo

    The Obama administration is starting to sound like a rerun. Doesn't this man have any original ideas or people to call on to serve? Heck, he should have asked Bill Clinton to run as Veep.

    November 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    for all you doubters last time I recall the Clinton president era was pretty good so they must have gotten something right. Besides he's not even done yet so let him choose the BEST people for the best positions and see how they work before you start to whine about it.

    November 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Paul

    Great job Mr. Obama. Mr. Holder will do an out standing job. Every day you are proving that you are ready to lead. Don't listen to the Clinton haters as they type from their lake house they purchased during the Clinton administration.

    November 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Dave

    Lets be real folks. He's obviously going to pick mostly Democrats and Clinton was the last one we had. Therefore, if he's going to pick folks with some experience, he going to have to pick some former Clinton folks. Secondly, just because some of these folks had roles within the Clinton admn, doesn't mean they are not change agents. He needs some folks with Washington experience. AND if he picks some of Clinton's economic advisors, I'd be thrilled!

    Bush picked lots of folks left over from the Ford, Reagan, and Bush 41 years. He also ran on a message of change. SO far though, I feel much more comfortable with Obama's picks than I did with guys like Rumsfeld.

    November 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Joe

    Um, what exactly was wrong with the Clinton era? During the Clinton era the budget was balanced and country was going in a much better direction than it it is now. So what is wrong with picking someone who served in the Clinton administration when they had obviously been doing something right? I would say picking candidates from that administration is an enormous change from our current administration.

    November 18, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. jason

    well if he had picked someone unknown all the Republicans would be complaining about the lack of experience.

    Honestly, I dont remember Mr. Holder holding this position in the Clinton admin. why is this more of the same?...

    November 18, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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