According to Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff, Barack Obama has tapped Eric Holder, a veteran Washington lawyer, to be attorney general. Holder served as deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration and is still being vetted, but according to sources, Obama has offered Holder the position and he has accepted. The decision is not likely to be made official until after Obama selects his treasury and state secretaries. Holder, 57, will be the first African American to head the Justice Department. He is considered a centrist on most issues, but has been a vociferous critic of the Bush administration’s abuses of power.
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