The Early Frontrunner To Replace Eric Holder Is The Man Who Saved Obamacare
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"Verrilli would be the obvious choice given that his low-key, managerial style would be a contrast from Holder's polarizing ways," said Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute.Verrilli served in the Department of Justice at the beginning of Obama's term as the Associate US Deputy Attorney General. He subsequently moved onto the White House in 2010 as the deputy counsel to the president. He is highly respected for his legal acumen within the White House. Obama nominated him to the post of Solicitor General in January 2011. He was confirmed by a 72-16 Senate vote.
His overwhelming vote for confirmation could prove enticing as an option for a president who faces the possibility of Republicans taking control of the US Senate later this year. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has already suggested Congress waits until next year before considering confirming a new appointment.
"To ensure that justice is served and that the Attorney General is not simply replaced with another extreme partisan who will likewise disregard the law, the Senate should wait until the new Congress is sworn in before confirming the next Attorney General," Cruz said."Allowing Democratic senators, many of whom will likely have just been defeated at the polls, to confirm Holder's successor would be an abuse of power that should not be countenanced."
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama was notified by Holder recently that he would step down. The process to replace Holder, he said, is already underway.
"I'm confident there are members of the president's team who have been thinking about who solid candidates might be," Earnest said. "... I've not seen the list. I'm sure the president has his own ideas and there will be a formal process."
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