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. Soccer Nana

    Congratulations Mr. Holder!!!!

    November 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. mb

    Good move by the President Elect Obama Camp.

    November 18, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Smile

    Superman is filling these positions fast. Wow!

    November 18, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Griff

    Mr Cafferty is listening to this, so Wolf Blitzer. Adolf Hitler... America for the Natzie... They were allies in World War 2... American Irish, and Germans... Mein Camp....

    November 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Yam

    Yes We Did!

    November 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Phil in KC

    Who?

    November 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Jerry

    Another Clinton re-tread. Where is all this "change" we were suppose to get, HMmmm???

    November 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. enough already

    We would have had fewer Clintonistas if we had elected Hillary.

    November 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. AIPAC pushing hillary for sec. of state position!

    after grabbing WH cheif of staff for rahm emanuel and

    armtwisting for LIEberman for chair of senate intelligence cmte.

    WOW, AIPAC is dominating washington more than ever!

    expect our wars in arab world to continue full steam!

    p.s. eric holder will be watched by the people!

    November 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. former gop

    I have never felt like a kid waiting for Christmas morning with my anticipating a new Presidential administration. The good guys always win and this moment in time is the American people taking back our soiled flag.

    November 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. jim, kansas city MO

    WOW, shocking people, who would have thought it.....What Obama is doing, he is bringing in his administration all the Bill Clinton staff, its not original its plagiarism.
    I thought he was for CHANGE....what a joke

    November 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    EXCELLENT! Welcome, AG Holder!

    November 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Debra Hasan

    Very good. Mr. President-Elect

    November 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Seriously

    See... The man actually screens his people before picking them. That is a president. McCain's screening process needs to pick up some pointers from this one.

    November 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Lionel Roger

    Wheew !! For a moment I thought he had Bill for that one, I guess he'll save him for the Ethics and Morals Committee- that's the bad news, The good news is pretty soon he'll run out of Clintonites to hire.

    November 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Don

    So, what about Janet?

    November 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Tulsa

    Young for an AG, but experienced. Was acting AG after Reno and before Ashcroft.
    Hopefully he'll bring some integrity back to the Justice Department.

    November 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Well the punditry was right on that one.

    I don't think I've heard a single other name mentioned as a serious contender.

    Though it's sad and stupid, that will probably be the only African American male that will be tapped. As the first AA president, Obama has to be especially (and stupidly) sensitive to demographics.

    This, according to those that follow the courts, is a rock-solid pick.

    November 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Joe Fox

    If he's the best man for the job, go for it.
    Joe from Georgia

    November 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Where is the Change

    Where is the promised change Mr Obama? So far every major appointment Obama has made is a long time DC insider – Started with Joe Biden (35 years); next the Chief of Staff; AG – Hillary or Richardson; and now another Clinton hold over. This is beginning to look like a Clinton administration So much for change – this is business as usual.

    So if not Obama, who can you trust in Washington?

    "Absolute power corrupts absolutely" Welcom to DC Mr Obama/

    November 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. FJ from Atlanta

    Good pick! I was actually hoping Deval Patrick, but Eric is more than qualify.

    November 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Rumsfeld

    One more step forward, toward progress!!!

    November 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Pete

    Get ready for the right wing racist remarks.

    November 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. bill pike

    Obama understands it is TEAM. TOGETHER......... not ME ME ME

    November 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Thomas

    "He served as deputy attorney general under Bill Clinton "

    Love the CHANGE???!??!?!??!

    November 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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