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Attorney General of
the United States
""Seal of the United States Department of Justice.svg
Seal of the Department of Justice
""Flag of the United States Attorney General.svg
Flag of the Attorney General
""Jeff Sessions, official portrait.jpg
Incumbent
"Jeff Sessions

since February 9, 2017
"United States Department of Justice
"Style The Honorable (formal)
Mister Attorney General (informal)
Member of "Cabinet
Reports to The "President
"Seat "Washington, D.C.
Appointer The "President
with "Senate confirmation
"Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument "Judiciary Act of 1789
Formation September 26, 1789
First holder "Edmund Randolph
Succession "Seventh[1]
Deputy "Deputy Attorney General
Salary "Executive Schedule, level 1
Website www.justice.gov

The United States Attorney General (A.G.) is the head of the "United States Department of Justice per "28 U.S.C. § 503, concerned with legal affairs, and is the chief lawyer of the "United States government. Also in cases of the "federal death penalty, the power to seek the death penalty rests with the Attorney General.

The Attorney General is appointed by the "President of the United States and takes office after "confirmation by the "United States Senate. The Attorney General is subject to summary dismissal by the President and impeachment by Congress. The current Attorney General is "Jeff Sessions, who assumed the office on February 9, 2017. The Attorney General is a member of the "Cabinet and is seventh in the "United States presidential line of succession.

Contents

History[edit]

"Congress passed the "Judiciary Act of 1789 which, besides other things, established the Office of the Attorney General. The original duties of this officer were "to prosecute and conduct all suits in the "Supreme Court in which the United States shall be concerned, and to give his or her advice and opinion upon "questions of law when required by the President of the United States, or when requested by the heads of any of the departments."[2]

The "Department of Justice was established in 1870 to support the Attorney General in the discharge of their responsibilities.

The Attorney General, the "Secretary of State, the "Secretary of the Treasury, and the "Secretary of Defense are generally regarded as the four most important cabinet officials because of the importance and age of their departments.[3]

Presidential transition[edit]

It is the practice for the Attorney General, along with many other public officials, to give resignation with effect on the "Inauguration Day (January 20) of a new President. The "Deputy Attorney General, who is also required to tender their resignation, is commonly requested to stay on and act as Attorney General pending the confirmation by the Senate of the new Attorney General.

For example, on the inauguration of President "Donald Trump on January, 20, 2017, the tenure of the then Attorney General "Loretta Lynch was brought to an end, and the Deputy Attorney General "Sally Yates, who had also tendered her resignation, was asked to stay on and be Acting Attorney General until the confirmation of the new Attorney General "Jeff Sessions, who had been nominated for the office in November 2016 by then-"President-elect "Donald Trump. However, Yates was "dismissed by Trump on January 30, 2017[4][5] before Sessions had been confirmed. "Dana Boente automatically succeeded Yates as Acting Attorney General as the next available successor in the line of succession. Boente, who was the "United States Attorney for the "Eastern District of Virginia,[6] was the most senior Justice Department official whose resignation had not been accepted by Trump.[7][8] When Sessions was confirmed and sworn in as Attorney General on February 9, 2017, Boente became Acting "Deputy Attorney General.[9][10] On March 10, 2017, Sessions oversaw the firing of 46 "United States Attorneys, leaving only his acting Deputy "Dana Boente and nominated Deputy "Rod Rosenstein in place.[11] Rosenstein's appointment was subject to Senate confirmation. Rosenstein was confirmed on April 25, 2017 and became Deputy Attorney General on April 26, 2017, and Boente reverted to his permanent position.

As of May 12, 2017, 205 of the 207 senior Justice Department positions subject to "presidential appointment were still awaiting nomination and then confirmation.[12] Hearings by the "Senate Committee on the Judiciary of four presidential nominees are still to take place. Deputy United States Attorneys, who are career officials, were left in an acting capacity for the Attorneys.[11]

List of Attorneys General[edit]

Parties

  "No party (1)   "Federalist (3)   "Democratic-Republican (5)   "Democratic (34)   "Whig (4)   "Republican (38)

Status
  Denotes service as "acting Attorneys General prior to appointment or after resignation
No. Portrait Name Home state Took office Left office "President(s)
1 ""EdRand.jpg "Edmund Randolph "Virginia September 26, 1789 January 26, 1794 "George Washington
2 ""William Bradford, AG.jpg "William Bradford "Pennsylvania January 27, 1794 August 23, 1795
3 ""Charles Lee, AG.png "Charles Lee "Virginia December 10, 1795 February 19, 1801
"John Adams
4 ""Levi Lincoln, Sr.jpg "Levi Lincoln Sr. "Massachusetts March 5, 1801 March 2, 1805 "Thomas Jefferson
5 ""John Breckinridge.jpg "John Breckinridge "Kentucky August 7, 1805 December 14, 1806
6 ""Rodneycaesara3.jpg "Caesar A. Rodney "Delaware January 20, 1807 December 10, 1811
"James Madison
7 ""Williampinkney (1).jpg "William Pinkney "Maryland December 11, 1811 February 9, 1814
8 ""Richard Rush engraving.png "Richard Rush "Pennsylvania February 10, 1814 November 12, 1817
9 ""WilliamWirt.png "William Wirt "Virginia November 13, 1817 March 4, 1829 "James Monroe
"John Quincy Adams
10 ""John Macpherson Berrien.jpg "John M. Berrien "Georgia March 9, 1829 July 19, 1831 "Andrew Jackson
11 ""Roger Taney.jpg "Roger B. Taney "Maryland July 20, 1831 November 14, 1833
12 ""Benjamin Franklin Butler (1795–1858).jpg "Benjamin Franklin Butler "New York November 15, 1833 July 4, 1838
"Martin Van Buren
13 ""Felix Grundy.jpg "Felix Grundy "Tennessee July 5, 1838 January 10, 1840
14 ""Henry D. Gilpin, Attorney General of the United States (trimmed).jpg "Henry D. Gilpin "Pennsylvania January 11, 1840 March 4, 1841
15 ""John Jordan Crittenden - Brady 1855.jpg "John J. Crittenden "Kentucky March 5, 1841 September 12, 1841 "William Henry Harrison
"John Tyler
16 ""Hugh S. Legaré.jpg "Hugh Swinton Legaré "South Carolina September 13, 1841 June 30, 1843
17 ""John Nelson, bw photo portrait, Brady-Handy collection, circa 1855-1865.jpg "John Nelson "Maryland July 1, 1843 March 4, 1845
18 ""JYMason.jpg "John Y. Mason "Virginia March 5, 1845 October 16, 1846 "James K. Polk
19 ""NClifford.jpg "Nathan Clifford "Maine October 17, 1846 March 17, 1848
20 ""Isaac Toucey - Brady-Handy.jpg "Isaac Toucey "Connecticut June 21, 1848 March 4, 1849
21 ""Reverdy Johnson.jpg "Reverdy Johnson "Maryland March 8, 1849 July 21, 1850 "Zachary Taylor
22 ""John Jordan Crittenden - Brady 1855.jpg "John J. Crittenden "Kentucky July 22, 1850 March 4, 1853 "Millard Fillmore
23 ""Caleb Cushing.jpg "Caleb Cushing "Massachusetts March 7, 1853 March 4, 1857 "Franklin Pierce
24 ""JSBlack-AG.jpg "Jeremiah S. Black "Pennsylvania March 6, 1857 December 16, 1860 "James Buchanan
25 ""Edwin McMasters Stanton Secretary of War.jpg "Edwin M. Stanton "Pennsylvania December 20, 1860 March 4, 1861
26 ""Edward Bates - Brady-Handy.jpg "Edward Bates "Missouri March 5, 1861 November 24, 1864 "Abraham Lincoln
27 ""James Speed.jpg "James Speed "Kentucky December 2, 1864 July 22, 1866
"Andrew Johnson
28 ""Stanberry-AttorGen.jpg "Henry Stanbery "Ohio July 23, 1866 July 16, 1868
29 ""William M. Evarts - Brady-Handy.jpg "William M. Evarts "New York July 17, 1868 March 4, 1869
30 ""EbenezerRHoar.jpg "Ebenezer R. Hoar "Massachusetts March 5, 1869 November 22, 1870 "Ulysses S. Grant
31 ""Amos T Akerman - crop and minor retouch.jpg "Amos T. Akerman "Georgia November 23, 1870 December 13, 1871
32 ""George Henry Williams - Brady-Handy - Restored & Cropped.jpg "George Henry Williams "Oregon December 14, 1871 April 25, 1875
33 ""Edwards Pierrepont, Brady-Handy bw photo portrait, ca1865-1880.jpg "Edwards Pierrepont "New York April 26, 1875 May 21, 1876
34 ""Alphonso Taft seated.jpg "Alphonso Taft "Vermont May 22, 1876 March 4, 1877
35 ""Hon. Charles Devens of Mass. Atty Gen. Hayes Cabinet.png "Charles Devens "Massachusetts March 12, 1877 March 4, 1881 "Rutherford B. Hayes
36 ""Wayne MacVeagh - Brady-Handy.jpg "Wayne MacVeagh "Pennsylvania March 5, 1881 December 15, 1881 "James A. Garfield
"Chester A. Arthur
37 ""BenjaminHBrewster.jpg "Benjamin H. Brewster "Pennsylvania December 16, 1881 March 4, 1885
38 ""Augustus Hill Garland - Brady-Handy.jpg "Augustus H. Garland "Arkansas March 6, 1885 March 4, 1889 "Grover Cleveland
39 ""WHHMiller.jpg "William H. H. Miller "Indiana March 7, 1889 March 4, 1893 "Benjamin Harrison
40 ""Richard Olney, Bain bw photo portrait, 1913.jpg "Richard Olney "Massachusetts March 6, 1893 April 7, 1895 "Grover Cleveland
41 ""Jud Harmon.jpg "Judson Harmon "Ohio April 8, 1895 March 4, 1897
42 ""AssoJstcJMcK.jpg "Joseph McKenna "California March 5, 1897 January 25, 1898 "William McKinley
43 ""Griggs2.jpg "John W. Griggs "New Jersey January 25, 1898 March 29, 1901
44 ""Philander Knox, bw photo portrait, 1904.jpg "Philander C. Knox "Pennsylvania April 5, 1901 June 30, 1904
"Theodore Roosevelt
45 ""WHMoody.jpg "William H. Moody "Massachusetts July 1, 1904 December 17, 1906
46 ""CJBonaparte.jpg "Charles J. Bonaparte "Maryland December 17, 1906 March 4, 1909
47 ""GWWickersham.jpg "George W. Wickersham "New York March 4, 1909 March 4, 1913 "William Howard Taft
48 ""James C. McReynolds - c1913.jpg "James C. McReynolds "Tennessee March 5, 1913 August 29, 1914 "Woodrow Wilson
49 ""WP Thomas Watt Gregory.jpg "Thomas Watt Gregory "Texas August 29, 1914 March 4, 1919
50 ""Alexander Mitchell Palmer.jpg "Alexander Mitchell Palmer "Pennsylvania March 5, 1919 March 4, 1921
51 ""Harry Daugherty, bw photo portrait 1920.jpg "Harry M. Daugherty "Ohio March 4, 1921 April 6, 1924 "Warren G. Harding
"Calvin Coolidge
52 ""Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone photograph circa 1927-1932.jpg "Harlan F. Stone "New York April 7, 1924 March 1, 1925
53 ""John Sargent, Bain bw photo portrait.jpg "John G. Sargent "Vermont March 7, 1925 March 4, 1929
54 ""William D. Mitchell cph.3b30394.jpg "William D. Mitchell "Minnesota March 4, 1929 March 4, 1933 "Herbert Hoover
55 ""Homer Cummings, Harris & Ewing photo portrait, 1920.jpg "Homer Stille Cummings "Connecticut March 4, 1933 January 1, 1939 "Franklin D. Roosevelt
56 ""Justice Frank Murphy.jpg "Frank Murphy "Michigan January 2, 1939 January 18, 1940
57 ""Roberthjackson.jpg "Robert H. Jackson "New York January 18, 1940 August 25, 1941
58 ""Francis Biddle cph.3b27524.jpg "Francis Biddle "Pennsylvania August 26, 1941 June 26, 1945
"Harry S. Truman
59 ""Tom C. Clark.gif "Tom C. Clark "Texas June 27, 1945 July 26, 1949
60 ""J. Howard McGrath.jpg "J. Howard McGrath "Rhode Island July 27, 1949 April 3, 1952
61 ""James P McGranery cropped.jpg "James P. McGranery "Pennsylvania April 4, 1952 January 20, 1953
62 ""Herbert Brownell.jpg "Herbert Brownell Jr. "New York January 21, 1953 October 23, 1957 "Dwight D. Eisenhower
63 ""William P. Rogers, U.S. Secretary of State.jpg "William P. Rogers "Maryland October 23, 1957 January 20, 1961
64 ""Robert F Kennedy crop.jpg "Robert F. Kennedy "Massachusetts January 20, 1961 September 3, 1964 "John F. Kennedy
"Lyndon B. Johnson
65 ""Nicholas Katzenbach at White House, 6 May 1968.jpg "Nicholas Katzenbach "Illinois September 4, 1964[1] January 28, 1965
January 28, 1965 November 28, 1966
66 ""Ramsey Clark at the White House, 28 Feb 1968.jpg "Ramsey Clark "Texas November 28, 1966[1] March 10, 1967
March 10, 1967 January 20, 1969
67 ""John Mitchell.jpg "John N. Mitchell "New York January 20, 1969 February 15, 1972 "Richard Nixon
68 ""Richard Kleindienst USAG portrait.gif "Richard Kleindienst "Arizona February 15, 1972 May 25, 1973
69 ""ElliotLeeRichardson.jpg "Elliot Richardson "Massachusetts May 25, 1973 October 20, 1973
""Robert Bork.jpg "Robert Bork[3]
Acting
"Pennsylvania October 20, 1973 January 4, 1974
70 ""William B. Saxbe.jpg "William B. Saxbe "Ohio January 4, 1974 January 14, 1975
"Gerald Ford
71 ""Edward H. Levi USAG portrait.gif "Edward H. Levi "Illinois January 14, 1975 January 20, 1977
""Dick Thornburgh.jpg "Dick Thornburgh[2]
Acting
"Pennsylvania January 20, 1977 January 26, 1977 "Jimmy Carter
72 ""Bell-gb.png "Griffin Bell "Georgia January 26, 1977 August 16, 1979
73 ""1Benjamin Civiletti.jpg "Benjamin Civiletti "Maryland August 16, 1979 January 19, 1981
74 ""Portrait officiel de William French Smith.jpg "William French Smith "California January 23, 1981 February 25, 1985 "Ronald Reagan
75 ""Edwin Meese publicity shot.jpg "Edwin Meese "California February 25, 1985 August 12, 1988
76 ""Dick Thornburgh.jpg "Dick Thornburgh "Pennsylvania August 12, 1988 August 15, 1991
"George H. W. Bush
77 ""William Barr, official photo as Attorney General.jpg "William P. Barr "New York August 16, 1991[1] November 26, 1991
November 26, 1991 January 20, 1993
"Stuart M. Gerson[4]
Acting
"Washington, D.C. January 20, 1993 March 12, 1993 "Bill Clinton
78 ""Janet Reno-us-Portrait.jpg "Janet Reno "Florida March 12, 1993 January 20, 2001
""HolderEric.jpg "Eric Holder[2]
Acting
"Washington, D.C. January 20, 2001 February 2, 2001 "George W. Bush
79 ""John Ashcroft.jpg "John Ashcroft "Missouri February 2, 2001 February 3, 2005
80 ""Alberto Gonzales - official DoJ photograph.jpg "Alberto Gonzales "Texas February 3, 2005 September 17, 2007
""Paul D. Clement.jpg "Paul Clement[5]
Acting
Washington, D.C. September 17, 2007 September 18, 2007
""Peterkeisler.jpg "Peter Keisler[5]
Acting
Washington, D.C. September 18, 2007 November 9, 2007
81 ""Michael Mukasey, official AG photo portrait, 2007.jpg "Michael Mukasey "New York November 9, 2007 January 20, 2009
""Mark Filip.jpg "Mark Filip[6]
Acting
"Illinois January 20, 2009 February 3, 2009 "Barack Obama
82 ""Eric Holder official portrait (cropped).jpg "Eric Holder "Washington, D.C. February 3, 2009 April 27, 2015
83 ""Loretta Lynch, official portrait (cropped).jpg "Loretta Lynch "New York April 27, 2015 January 20, 2017
""Sally Q. Yates (cropped).jpg "Sally Yates
Acting
"Georgia January 20, 2017 January 30, 2017 "Donald Trump
""Dana Boente (cropped).jpg "Dana Boente
Acting
"Virginia January 30, 2017 February 9, 2017
84 ""Jeff Sessions, official portrait (cropped).jpg "Jeff Sessions "Alabama February 9, 2017 Incumbent

Living former U.S. Attorneys General[edit]

As of November 2017, there are eleven, living former US Attorneys General, the oldest being "Ramsey Clark (served 1967–1969, born 1927). The most recent Attorney General to die was "Janet Reno (served 1993–2001, born 1938) on November 7, 2016.

Name Term of office Date of birth (and age)
"Ramsey Clark 1967–1969 (1927-12-18) December 18, 1927 (age 89)
"Benjamin Civiletti 1979–1981 (1935-07-17) July 17, 1935 (age 82)
"Edwin Meese 1985–1988 (1931-12-02) December 2, 1931 (age 85)
"Dick Thornburgh 1988–1991 (1932-07-16) July 16, 1932 (age 85)
"William P. Barr 1991–1993 (1950-05-23) May 23, 1950 (age 67)
"John Ashcroft 2001–2005 (1942-05-09) May 9, 1942 (age 75)
"Alberto Gonzales 2005–2007 (1955-08-04) August 4, 1955 (age 62)
"Michael Mukasey 2007–2009 (1941-07-28) July 28, 1941 (age 76)
"Eric Holder 2009–2015 (1951-01-21) January 21, 1951 (age 66)
"Loretta Lynch 2015–2017 (1959-05-21) May 21, 1959 (age 58)

Line of succession[edit]

On February 9, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an "Executive Order which modified the line of succession for the Attorney General.[13] Under Executive Order 13762 signed by President Obama on January 13, 2017, before leaving office, the line of succession was:[14]

  1. "United States Deputy Attorney General
  2. "United States Associate Attorney General
  3. Other Officers potentially designated by the Attorney General (in no particular order):
    1. "Solicitor General of the United States
    2. Assistant Attorney General, "Antitrust Division
    3. Assistant Attorney General, "Civil Division
    4. Assistant Attorney General, "Civil Rights Division
    5. Assistant Attorney General, "Criminal Division
    6. Assistant Attorney General, "National Security Division
    7. Assistant Attorney General, "Environment and Natural Resources Division
    8. Assistant Attorney General, "Justice Management Division
    9. Assistant Attorney General, "Tax Division
    10. Assistant Attorney General, "Office of Justice Programs
    11. Assistant Attorney General, "Office of Legal Counsel
    12. Assistant Attorney General, "Office of Legal Policy
    13. Assistant Attorney General, "Office of Legislative Affairs
  4. "United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
  5. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  6. United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas[15]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3 U.S. Code § 19 - Vacancy in offices of both President and Vice President; officers eligible to act". 
  2. ^ "Judiciary Act of 1789, section 35.
  3. ^ Cabinets and Counselors: The President and the Executive Branch (1997). "Congressional Quarterly. p. 87.
  4. ^ Lichtblau, Eric; Apuzzo, Matt; Landler, Mark (January 30, 2017). "Trump Fires Acting Attorney General". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Refuses to Enforce Trump Refugee EO". Lawfare Blog. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Meet the U.S. Attorney: Dana J. Boente". U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved February 1, 2016.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the "public domain.
  7. ^ Lichtblau, Eric; Apuzzo, Matt; Landler, Mark (January 30, 2017). "Trump Fires Acting Attorney General". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Refuses to Enforce Trump Refugee EO". Lawfare Blog. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  9. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (February 8, 2017). "Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General, Capping Bitter Battle". The New York Times Company. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Meet the Acting Deputy Attorney General | DAG | Department of Justice". www.justice.gov. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Charlie Savage; "Maggie Haberman (March 11, 2017). "Trump Abruptly Orders 46 Obama-Era Prosecutors to Resign". "The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved May 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2017, The 205 Open Jobs at Justice
  13. ^ "Without fanfare, Trump reverses Obama order on Justice Department succession". USA Today. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice". Federal Register. January 21, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Executive Order 13787, Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice" (PDF). Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 64 / Presidential Documents. April 5, 2017. 
  16. ^ Cahoon, Ben (2000). "United States Government". World Statesmen. Retrieved December 12, 2008. January 20, 1993 – March 12, 1993 Stuart M. Gerson (acting) (b. 1944) 
  17. ^ a b Staff reporter (February 21, 1993). "Stuart Gerson's Parting Shot". New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2008. As supporters of the Brady gun-control bill prepare to introduce it in Congress yet again this week, they find a welcome, if unlikely, ally in Stuart Gerson, the Acting Attorney General. Because President Clinton has had so many problems finding a new Attorney General, Mr. Gerson remains in office... 
  18. ^ Labaton, Stephen (January 25, 1993). "Notes on Justice; Who's in Charge? Bush Holdover Says He Is, but Two Clinton Men Differ". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  19. ^ a b Scruggs, Richard; Steven Zipperstein; Robert Lyon; Victor Gonzalez; Herbert Cousins; Roderick Beverly (October 8, 1993). "Report to the Deputy Attorney General on the Events at Waco, Texas February 28 to April 19, 1993". Department of Justice. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  20. ^ a b Ifill, Gwen (March 12, 1993). "Reno Confirmed in Top Justice Job". New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2008. She will replace Acting Attorney General Stuart M. Gerson, a holdover appointee from the Bush Administration. Ms. Reno said he resigned today. 
  21. ^ Meyers, Steven Lee (August 27, 2007). "Embattled Attorney General Resigns". The New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2007. 
  22. ^ Eggen, Dan; Elizabeth Williamson (September 19, 2007). "Democrats May Tie Confirmation to Gonzales Papers". Washington Post. pp. A10. Retrieved September 19, 2007. 
  23. ^ "President Bush Announces Judge Michael Mukasey as Nominee for Attorney General", White House press release, September 17, 2007
  24. ^ "Bush Text on Attorney General Nomination". NewsOK.com. "The Oklahoman. "The Associated Press. September 17, 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2007. 
  25. ^ Staff reporter (January 15, 2009). "Obama asks U.S. Attorneys to stay 'for the time being'". CNN Political Ticker. Retrieved January 21, 2009. In addition, Obama's transition team has asked current Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, also a Bush appointee, to serve as Acting Attorney General replacing outgoing Attorney General Michael Mukasey. )
  26. ^ Staff reporter (January 21, 2009). "Bush Appointees Holding Down the Fort While Obama Nominees Await Confirmation". FOX News. Retrieved February 4, 2009. While Holder waits for his confirmation, Bush appointee Mark Filip is acting attorney general. A former U.S. District Court judge in Illinois, the native Chicagoan holds a law degree from Harvard and was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Holder was supposed to have faced a confirmation vote on Wednesday, but scheduling conflicts necessitated a delay in the Senate. 
  27. ^ "Acting Attorney General Mark Filip." United States Department of Justice. January 20, 2009. (Archived by WebCite at https://www.webcitation.org/5eJ6TAbgg)
  28. ^ Staff reporter (February 3, 2009). "Obama attorney-general confirmed". BBC News. Retrieved February 3, 2009. President Barack Obama's choice for attorney-general, Eric Holder, has been confirmed in the post by the US Senate. 
  29. ^ Staff (n.d.). "USDOJ: Office of the Attorney General". US Department of Justice. Retrieved February 3, 2009. Alberto Gonzales. was sworn in as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States on March 22, 2013 by Vice-President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Mr. Gonzales on December 1, 2012. 

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