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More Clinton Redux


In addition to Attorney General designee Eric Holder, who in the Clinton administration served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and then as Deputy Attorney General, all four of the individuals announced today for senior positions in DOJ in the Obama administration are veterans of the Clinton administration:

David Ogden, the designee for Deputy Attorney General, served in various political posts in DOJ—including as AG Reno’s chief of staff and as head of the Civil Division—from 1995 to 2001 (and in DOD from 1994 to 1995).

Tom Perrelli, the designee for Associate Attorney General, was counselor to AG Reno from 1997 to 1999 and a deputy in the Civil Division from 1999 to 2001.

Elena Kagan, the Solicitor General designee, worked in the Clinton White House from 1995 to 1999.

And Dawn Johnsen, named to head the Office of Legal Counsel, was a deputy in that same office from 1993 to 1996 and acting head of that office from 1997 to 1998.

I certainly generally regard relevant experience as a strong positive, but I wonder what supporters of Hillary Clinton think of Obama’s ballyhooed “change you can believe in”. 

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