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. DB

    Excellent choice!

    November 18, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Cleavette

    Wise choice.. Change is still on the way.

    November 18, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Vic of New York

    Congratulations indeed! Now for the business at hand. Mr. Holder, I hope you plan to set right the Justice Dept hiring practices that were politicized by the Bush Administration.

    I am also seriously hoping that you plan to investigate and prosecute the wrong doings from the Bush administration; including the hijinks of Karl Rove in jailing a former Governor under trumped allegations. I also hope you are going to go after criminal investigations of the falsified informatin that was used to justify the Iraq War.

    Finally, If George Bush Jr. is guilty of a conspiracy, I hope you will not shy away from throwing his sorry behind in jail.

    Yes, Mr Holder, you have a tall order – Don't disappoint us: you will get my full backing if you support a government of laws.

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

    WHAT ABOUT ME? JUST KIDDING. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU MR. HOLDER, YOU ARE A GOOD MAN

    November 18, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Marc in Virginia

    Obama creates the illusion of change (i.e. black AG) while hiring an old Clinton appointee. No new ideas, but reliance on the Clintons. It's too late now, but I'm afraid America made a huge mistake. His empty calls for change duped so many of you.

    November 18, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Dianna Thomason

    Congratulations! It is well deserved.

    November 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Sara from Arizona

    Why not just put Clinton back in the White House with all these ex- Clinton people. So much for change!!!

    November 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. California Gold

    Congratulations Mr. Holder.

    November 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. rubyshuz

    It's so amazing to watch this new administration coming together. I think a new age of politics has been born: one in which the people are actually paying attention.

    November 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Beth

    Instead of Bush's 3rd term – I guess we will now have Clinton's 3rd term. I should have just voted for Hillary. Where is the change?

    November 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Rich

    On the surface, looks like a solid pick. Good to see he was a federal prosecutor and has DOJ experience under Clinton and (briefly) Bush. Eager to learn more.

    November 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Obama 08

    Nice Choice !@

    November 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Watchdog

    What a disaster–This guy engineered the pardon of Marc Rich by the Clintons. I've forgotten how much Denise Rich had to pay Clinton for the pardon

    November 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Mercedes

    the cuban-american community of Miami does not see this man very well because of the Ellian case (the boy who was sent back to Cuban with his father in the late 1990's).

    November 18, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Wonderful choice!

    November 18, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. precilla dreams

    this great we are going to run this country the way it should be ran.obama knows what he wants and who he wants. a very ,very smart man.

    November 18, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Michael

    The same guy that took down a real politician's politician way back in '94.

    Here's hoping heads will roll.

    November 18, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Janice

    President Elect Obama is appointing the best and the brightest, those will experience and proven track records.

    Please give him/them a chance.

    November 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Jeremy

    does anyone else think the first sentence should have the word "that" after king? It just reads wierd especially on the political ticker where the paragraph margins are not wide... It reads to *me* like "...CNN’s Ed, Henry, and John, King Barack Obama has chosen Eric Holder as his nominee for Attorney General"

    King Barack Obama...It has a good ring to it I think :D :D

    November 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. carlos

    An all-star is being developed by Obama. Great choice.

    November 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Les from NJ

    Great pick. Holder really has an impressive resume.

    November 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Brian

    I am so happy for Eric Holder! :)

    This is great news.

    Before you know it, our country will change in an exciting new direction for hope!

    November 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. ChicagoGal

    Congrats!

    November 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Janice

    Excuse the typo. "will" should have been "with"

    November 18, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. TJ

    I like the pick. But then again, I think a salamander would have been upgrade next to John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzalez.

    November 18, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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