Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks on the fourth day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 15, 2020.
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Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Is being promoted to a Cabinet position in the administration of President-Elect Joe Biden, according to information provided by those who have been made aware of the matter.
According to these individuals, Klobuchar is being considered by Biden and his team for a number of positions including Attorney General and Minister of Agriculture.
Their name has risen on the list of possible cabinet candidates since election day as the Senate remains up for grabs after the Democrats failed to secure major wins for seats in that Congress Chamber, these people added. They declined to be named as these considerations were private.
The Senate is responsible for confirming cabinet appointments. If the Republicans keep their majority, Biden may have to pick more moderate candidates if he wants a smoother verification process. Klobuchar is considered moderate and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food, and Forestry.
The Senate majority has been determined, as two races in Georgia have not yet been decided.
“The Biden-Harris Transition team has not yet made any personnel decisions at this point,” said a spokesman for Biden Transition.
A representative from Klobuchar did not return a request for comment.
If Klobuchar were selected to join Biden’s cabinet, Governor Tim Walz, D-Minn., Would be responsible for appointing her replacement. She is up for re-election in 2024.
If asked to follow William Barr in the Justice Department, Klobuchar could claim another round of her tenure as Hennepin County’s attorney.
The senator drew heavy fire from civil rights activists and black community leaders in February after The Associated Press published an investigation raising questions about whether a black teenager, Myon Burrell, was wrongly convicted of murder during Klobuchar’s tenure as the district’s chief attorney .
The Senator had cited the 2002 Burrell case for years as evidence that she was tough on crime and advocated justice for gun violence-plagued black communities.
But Burrell, who was 16 when convicted of the murder of eleven-year-old Tyesha Edwards, insisted he was innocent and rejected all plea agreements. The AP report also quoted one of Burrell’s co-defendants as saying that he, and not Burrell, was the shooter responsible for the murder.
Others mentioned as attorney general include former acting attorney general Sally Yates and California attorney general Xavier Becerra, according to Politico Senator Doug Jones, D-Ala, who recently lost his seat in the Alabama Senate.
When Klobuchar ran for president in the 2020 election, she posted a comment on CNN suggesting the creation of a “grace council” as well as a position in the White House – outside the Justice Department – that would help the president from a criminal justice reform perspective. “
One of the areas Biden might be interested in if she chooses her to head the Justice Department is her stance on antitrust law and her backlash against tech giants. During her presidential candidacy, she said strong antitrust enforcement means looking back at the deal between Facebook and Instagram.
Klobuchar, along with a group of bipartisan lawmakers, introduced the Fair Advertising Act, which “aims to help prevent foreign interference in future elections and improve the transparency of online political advertising”.
The Department of Agriculture, headed by Sonny Perdue, may be where Klobuchar lands.
As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a former presidential candidate, Klobuchar has helped tie farmers’ subsidies to their production costs, which would likely increase the amount they receive.
It also supported greater funding for disaster relief and spent more on conservation programs that pay farmers to implement certain environmentally friendly practices. She suggested that taxpayers pay a larger percentage of farmers’ premium payments for crop insurance.