(POLITICO) President Barack Obama will not nominate a new attorney general until after Election Day, a White House aide confirmed Tuesday.
The aide said to expect the decision in early to mid-November, aimed for after the midterms to avoid the appointment getting caught up in election year politics.
The White House aide said the decision to wait was driven in part by Senate Democrats. Had a nominee been named before the elections, Democratic Senate candidates would inevitably been hounded on the trail to weigh in on the choice—presenting an uncomfortable situation for people who have been trying to keep their political distance from Obama, but would eventually be called on to support the president’s pick.
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