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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

By Kathleen Hennessey and Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Hoping to avoid political blowback, President Obama will wait until after the November election to name a nominee for attorney general, a White House official said Tuesday.

President Barack Obama has been deliberating over who should replace Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who announced his plans to step down last month. White House officials said the president has narrowed the field, but not yet made his choice — despite the fact that Holder’s departure had long been anticipated.

The White House official’s confirmation that the president would delay the decision comes after Senate Democrats, who are struggling to hold control of the chamber, had expressed concern that the decision, depending on the nominee, could become a campaign issue.

It was not immediately clear whether the White House still intends to push for a new attorney general to be confirmed in the lame-duck session of the Senate beginning in mid-November. Normally the Senate Judiciary Committee would have at least one to two months to consider such a nomination.

With polls indicating that Republicans have a solid chance at winning a majority in the new Senate that will take office early in January, Obama’s chances of winning confirmation of a controversial nominee would be greatly reduced if he waits until next year.

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  • charles king

    I am glad that President Obama has decided to wait until after the Nov. election to select a new Atty GEN, in the mean time I would hope that Atty Gen. Holden look into the Justice System of Johnstown, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania because I Charles E. King an old Black American is Not recieving any justice from the Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Bureau of Hearings and Appeals. I have been waiting for almost a year to get an answer to my permanently barred from The Johnstown Senior Center. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Judge refuse to grant my case its demands of the Sherrif’s Sell, in Which I Had paid the cost and I never got my money back, case Dismiss, Where? is my Justice, What? does the system has against old Black Americans. Please look into this States Plutocracy govening of Black people because I feel under seige for now cause I was born and raised in these town’s and State, I have fought my war and I do not owe any taxes, My parents had twelve children, two girls and ten boys, and eight of their sons has fought in three wars for this country and none of my family owes any taxes, so please look into my situation and find out What? it is that they cant make a decision about my Justice, I think I deserve an Answer. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. Mr. C. E. KING. P. S. I wrote you a letter, also. Thanks again.

  • Harr Driver

    Well if one thing is clear, it’s that the ideology of liberalism is an ideology of nonsense.

    • Russell Byrd

      That reminds me of the old Eric Idle joke. What sounds like a bell, but it’s not a bell.