On Monday, Attorney General William Barr announced that he would be stepping down from his position shortly before Christmas. He will be succeeded by Jeff Rosen, who is currently number 2 Barrs.
Rosen will of course not hold his position for long. Joe Biden will assume the office of President on January 20th and select his own attorney general.
Biden’s shortlist includes a few different names, including Merrick Garland and former Alabama Senator Doug Jones. Another potential candidate, Sally Yates, has drawn the ire of GOP lawmakers.
While Yates is incredibly skilled and experienced, Republicans are still angry about their role in investigating Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia.
When asked if he would consider admitting Yates to attorney general, John Cornyn of Texas simply said, “No.”
Chuck Grassley gave a longer answer. He told reporters, “I think there are a lot of people he wouldn’t have to take chances with. The Iowa Senator also described Yates’ previous investigation into Trump as “very worrying.”
When asked if he would approve Yates, Lindsey Graham said, “I don’t think so.” Graham, on the other hand, said he would be more likely to approve Jones or Garland’s nomination.
Jones is currently considered a favorite for the position, according to a Washington Post weekend piece. Jones would be the complete opposite of William Barr when he spent his career fighting for civil rights. The Alabama Senator recently lost his seat to Tommy Tuberville in the 2020 election.
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