Elected President Joe Biden has parted ways with years of precedent by not electing an attorney general by the end of the election year.
He has lagged behind in the last three presidential transition teams, and his transition team said on Wednesday that no more candidates at cabinet level are expected until 2021.
President Trump announced his first Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, on November 18, 2016, according to the Department of Justice.
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Former President Obama announces Eric Holder on December 1, 2008, and former President George W. Bush announces John Ashcroft on December 22, 2000.
The last president who did not nominate his proposed attorney general by the end of the year was Bill Clinton, who elected Janet Reno in February 1993. Previously, former President George HW Bush handed over Reagan-era Attorney General Richard Thornburgh for his term. Bush was former president Ronald Reagan’s vice president.
The Biden-Harris transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Potential nominees include retiring Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, who led the prosecution of members of the Ku Klux Klan who killed four girls during the bombing of a black church in Alabama; Judge Merrick Garland, a former nominee in the Supreme Court; Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, a former Attorney General; and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
The backlog of the presidential election is also a possible federal case against his son, Hunter Biden, over his tax affairs.
Biden weighed in last week, without indicating his choice.
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“I will appoint someone who I expect to apply the law as the law is written, and not guided by me,” he told a news conference.
The Biden-Harris transition team on Wednesday announced a number of incoming White House staffers and Department of Defense officials.