It wasn't long after Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation Thursday that speculation about his successor began.
One of the names being mentioned is U.S. attorney Preet Bharara, whose office prosecuted conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza this year on charges of campaign finance fraud. Bharara, an Obama appointee, sought a 10 to 16 month prison sentence against D'Souza, but a U.S. judge sentenced D'Souza to serve eight months in a community confinement center, one day of community service a week and pay a $30,000 fine.
In this April 1, 2014 file photo, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, right, speaks while U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara looks on during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Bloomberg Businessweek has more information on Bharara:
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York would be the first Indian American attorney general (one of the few big “firsts” left for the job, if that matters), and otherwise bring little change to the Obama administration. Bharara has disappointed progressives who wanted him to bring cases against the people who caused the housing crisis, but he’s been covered by New York media as a Wall Street fraud-buster. He’s half-griped, half-bragged that he’s so tough on Indian American criminals that “talk show hosts in India took to calling me self-loathing.” Picking him would also remove a chronic migraine for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, though the White House doesn’t really need that.
Politico adds that choosing Bharara would be "a way for Obama to soothe the restless left."
Other potential candidates include Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, U.S. solicitor general Donald Verrilli and California attorney general Kamala Harris, according to USA Today.
(H/T: Dailiy Caller)