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. Yellow Dog Democrat in Texas

    We elected Barack Obama because we support his progressive vision for the future. If he believes that people who have been active in past administrations are the ones he needs to help him make that vision a reality, so be it. Congrats to Eric Holder.

    November 18, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Jeff W

    "Sources"? Sounds like the transition team needs Joe the Plumber to fix their leaks!!

    November 18, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. T. Robinson

    Very good choice.

    November 18, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Honesty ... Integrity ... Honor ... Can't be a Gop'er

    Excellent. Great experience

    November 18, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Gene

    Obama's getting people who have experience with the job. Holder's been doing this work for years. You want him to pick people from W's administration or HW's administration.. you go beyond that and you're picking people that are about to die of old age!

    So of course he's going to take people who have experience in Clinton's administration... which isn't exactly a negative point.

    Change doesn't mean you pick someone who's doesn't know a thing about the job. I'm glad he's picking people who can fit comfortably into their posts and will be ready on day 1. Isn't that what all the opposition was crying about.. not ready on day 1?

    November 18, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Matt

    Not only is he another former Clinton-administration appointee, but he is the same man who recommended pardoning Rich. Atleast Obama is consistent with his shady connections. Now if we can only get Ayers to be Secretary of Education...

    November 18, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Disbelief

    Change means no more George Bush

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Ken in Dallas

    Were all you whiners completely broke when Clinton was president, or what? How many capable Democrats in Washington weren't involved with the Clinton administration? Seriously, think a second. It wasn't really that bad, living with President Clinton, was it?

    Did you really expect "No-drama" Obama to be reckless?

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. billy-bayou

    Looks like President Obama is headed in the right direction.

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Keith - Ottawa, Ontario

    A fine choice and about time!

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. T. Robinson

    I must say I am concerned with all of this Clinton Admins..

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. FactCheck

    > Another Clinton person. Is Obama really this stupid?

    Yeah, God forbid that we should have to go back to all that prosperity, worldwide good stance, judicial leadership and economic dominance that we had under that Clinton guy.

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    SO interesting to read the comments here demanding CHANGE! Well, THERE IS CHANGE indeed.........

    Change from eight years of Bush/Cheney
    Change from the politics of war and torture
    Change from the disaster the IS the Bush/Cheney years
    Change from the vile politics of the GOP, that would question our Patriotism, for simply disagreeing with them!
    Change from the failed foreign policy of Bush/Cheney
    Change from the denial about Global Warming

    People who complain about President-elect Obama choosing Hillary, or Eric Holder do not realize, that WISDOM is not simply throwing the "old" out, but keeping what works, reevaluating and discerning what is BEST for our Nation!

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Jon, Conn

    CNN announces to the public before the boss would have a chance to announce it. Way to go, CNN!

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. unknown

    come on.....when clinton was in office we were not going through this economic struggle so the people he had on his team must have been doing something right and obama is making a change...he is changing out Bushes people and the people that helped him bring our economy down.......this man knows what he is doing and he is going to bring a great change to our country....

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. irene

    Congratulations. Don't pay attention to the GOP backlash. They're just bitter about losing the election so bad. As for Clinton recycles... that was the last time our country was prosperous. Good move Obama!

    Bush would heve done better if he chose posts according to their abilities and experience rather than using his cabinet appointees to pay back those who pulled strings to get him into office illegally.

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. CJ

    What do you people expect Obama to do? Hire some folks off the street to lead the country?

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Joe the Troll

    Was Clinton running his administration, or was his Deputy Attorney General?

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Lauren

    How does another Clinton person make Obama stupid? As I recall, the Clinton years were pretty darn good.

    And as far as the change thing is concerned...do you really want him to pick some no name new face? Or someone who knows the way that Washington works? I swear you people are so narrow minded. You must just sit on here all day long and watch for the Obama news so that you can tear him apart some more.

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. sten, CA

    I guess I did not vote change. WOW!! am already disappointed with Obama.

    November 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. RJ, Phoenix

    So much for "Change".
    Looks like more of the same to me.

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

    I miss Bill

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

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

    November 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Tia from Raleigh

    Change does not equal complete demolition and remodel. Who cares that Mr. Holder was in the Clinton administration??? Only an idiot would spend time fixing things that weren't broken!

    November 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. O & Joe '08!!!

    Change does not ONLY come from new blood. Change also comes from strong leadership, which Obama continues to demonstrate as he has throughout his career.

    Let's give him a chance to be sworn in before we label him a failure.

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