Criminal Division chief Lanny Breuer, we’re told, is the longest serving Assistant Attorney General in the history of the Justice Department. But here’s a sign his time may be drawing to a close: A hiring ad we noticed for a new senior counsel to Breuer specifies that the job is for a six-month reimbursable detail.
In six months, either Mitt Romney will be sworn in as president or Barack Obama will start his second term. A time for a changing of the guard, and not for long-term planning.
Speculation that Breuer could be in the running for Attorney General in a second Obama administration was dampened when Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) began calling for his resignation over the botched Fast and Furious gun-tracking probe. Fortunately for Breuer, he can always return to his old law firm, the well respected Covington & Burling LLP.