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. CR in WI

    He can't be any worse than Ashcroft. Hopefully the vetting process will include a specific investigation as to his stand on the preservation of our freedoms which have been eroded these past 8 years. . .

    November 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Ted

    Good ONe. very steady indeed. Looks to be shaping up for a real USA correction of the destroyed Bush white house.

    November 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. A New Beginning

    Congrats. he did a great job under Clinton

    November 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Helen

    I was hoping for Deval Patrick. But I trust President-Elect Obama and his team.

    Congrautlation Mr. Holder.

    November 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. ME IN FL

    Once again, excellent choice!!!

    November 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Niesee

    Obama is "cookin with gas" as we say in the south!

    November 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Spencer/NY to VA

    Once all these cabinet positions are filled, this will be an awesome administration.

    November 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. tumelo

    congrats Mr Holder. and wow this is amazing. im so proud of our new president. love him love him love him love him

    November 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Lesley

    Was this the best choice? I am concerned that Obama is choosing a lot of ex-Clinton staff. Surely there are new, up and coming Dems who could fill at least some of the positions, and he promised to include Repubs in his cabinet as well.

    November 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Dj

    Another AWESOME decision by our next president!

    November 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Tony

    i think it,s a great pick by the Obama team.

    November 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Carolyn

    Yes, congratulations Eric Holder.....................you will be great.

    November 18, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. alan, nc

    How unusual, an appointee from the Clinton Administration. Webster needs to change the definition of "change".

    November 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Ryane

    I like this pick and hope Mr. Holder is confirmed.

    November 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. JOHN

    CONGRATULATION AG HOLDEN. I know you are a man of highest integrity and impeccable grace.
    John LLB. FLE

    November 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. ann

    Tell us something we don't know......this was no brainer!

    Of course Sen. Obama picked Eric Holder.

    November 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Don

    Wow, more smart people!!!

    Feels good to have smart people in government once again!

    November 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. anthony brown

    once again...more of the old Clinton gang. This is looking more like a Clinton administration than an Obama one.

    November 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Neicey in Ohio

    Hooray THAT'S A GOOD ONE!!!!!

    November 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. gallimimus

    Good for him!!
    Hopefully, he will be an honest guy that has the best intentions. Follow the laws, that's all I really want.

    November 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Tony

    Yes, congratulations to Mr. Holder.

    November 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Kenneth

    President Elect Obama is definitely bringing change. Get behind your President folks and we will get through the perilous times on the horizon.

    November 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Steve from Florida

    President Elect Obama is very smart to surround himself with people from the Clinton administration.

    What is taking him so long to nominate Hillary for State?

    November 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. tina

    I read alot about this guy and sure will be a great choice...

    November 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. michael badgett

    i like the mustauche!!!

    November 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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