President Elect Barack Obama’s reported top pick for the position of Attorney General is Washington lawyer Eric Holder. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), officials have stated the choice has been confirmed, however no final decisions have been made.
If chosen, Holder will become the first African American Attorney General in the United States, adding to the history making circumstances surrounding this year’s election. Holder was a United States Justice Department official during President Bill Clinton’s administration. He is also known for his involvement in Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich in 2001. Rich was a fugitive charged with tax crimes, and Holder’s favorable lean towards pardoning the man was stated to be an influential factor for Clinton’s decision. The former U.S. Attorney later stated publicly that he should have taken more time to consider his position on the matter, and would have not favored a pardon for Rich if he had.
The pardon issue may become a factor for Holder’s confirmation as the Attorney general choice.