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Holder Stepping Down, Who Is Next?

Devlin Barrett has this story in the WSJ on the departure of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.  Possible replacements mentioned include Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, former White House counsel Kathyrn Ruemmler, and Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.  See also this post by Reid Epstein on WSJ's Washington Wire blog.  Epstein also lists Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and California AG Kamala Harris.

Barrett notes, "One question is whether the Senate, scheduled to return on Nov. 12, would have enough time to confirm a high-ranking cabinet official before the congressional session ends."

A confirmation hearing in the next Congress, with Chuck Grassley in the chair, could be quite informative.  One can hope.

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