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. Sabrina Black

    Anyone will be better than the misfits that the Bush admin appointed.

    November 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. emma

    Congratulations and best wishes.

    November 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Helene

    Fine but are we seing the end of the CLINTONS ????

    November 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Griff

    To your recent Comments Wolf.... For Barack Obama.. So *I miss read! But Adolp Hitler did the same in 1936.... Millions would have gathered for him today,m in Germany.....

    November 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. tiffany in ohio

    This man keep making history everytime he wakes up. Boooy this is a slick one we got here. Im glad my $80 donation went to this man....im about to go give some more... LOVE IT!!!!

    November 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Carole

    Wow. Great choice. He's actually quite qualified. The fact that it's a racial first is just icing on the cake. Now Obama, please pick Janet Napolitano to head Homeland Security. She would be a GREAT pick :-)

    November 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Dominic

    Not very happy about his picks so far. I voted for Obama not the Clinton's! This is becoming the Clinton Administion What happened to new fresh ideas and change? all of his big picks have been former Clinton people and pretty conservative as well. NOT HAPPY AT ALL NOT HAPPY AT ALL.!!!!!!!!

    November 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Arkansas Undertaker

    I think the Obama Administration will be one of the best in history. He is really surrounding his self with the right people.

    He is holding no grudges against the opposition. He is already trying to work with Republicans to get things done in this country. Obama realizes its going to take everyone (Democrats, Republicans and Independents) to get this country back on its feet.

    God Bless Barack and Michelle Obama and Joe and Jill Biden and their families.

    God Bless the United States of American!!!!

    November 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. michael

    Another Clinton person. Is Obama really this stupid?

    November 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. You're Kidding

    I thought we were done with the Clinton administration?

    I guess for those that missed it or didn't....this will be a repeat.

    So much for "C-H-A-N-G-E".

    November 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Jesse from Berlin

    "If confirmed, Holder will become the first African-American to hold the position" Was he choosen because he is African American or qualified and who happenes to be an African American?...
    Can`t we just stop saying who is first of anything?

    November 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. AJ

    I am amazed that media is criticizing (or at least questioning) this selection based on the fact that Eric Holder was deputy attorney general under Janet Reno, when President Clinton pardoned Rich. Give me break, who is going to go against a Presiden'ts decision on such issues?? I think media likes to dig dirt that is not related to the person under review.

    November 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Brad

    Excellent! Moving in the right direction!

    November 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. tiffany in ohio

    CNN stop keeping me in moderation?!?!?!?!

    November 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. masky

    that a good pick. anyone who followed the Clinton administration would know this guy was the best and working behind the desk doing all the work

    November 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. ObamaNATION

    eXCELLENT cHOICE – gO barack 2012

    November 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Jeff B.

    Another Clinton-era leftover? Come on, Obama! Where's the change?

    November 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Marge

    Good choice he's been in the Clinton administration and knows his way around Washington DC.

    November 18, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Kelly

    So much for change...he's just putting in members of the Clinton Administration to go back to old policies...the only change were going to have is change left in our pockets.

    November 18, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Josh

    what an amazing admistration this will be.

    November 18, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Kristy

    I'm ecstatic about this choice. I'm glad to see that President Obama is taking his time to find the right people that's why? he is going to be the best president of our time.

    November 18, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Oh Yes We Did!

    Awesome!

    November 18, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Gloria - Minnesota

    The transition is moving right along...It is an exciting time!!

    Congratulations, Eric Holder!!

    November 18, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. bob j

    he is a good choice pres elect obama is putting together a great and loyal team

    November 18, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Jamal

    This is wonderful new and beautifel day, now lets hope Al Sharpton is to be head Of Housing & Devepment!

    November 18, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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