(Temporary) Help Wanted: Senior Counsel to Criminal Division Chief
By Mary Jacoby | July 24, 2012 4:13 pm

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.

Lanny Breuer

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.

The senior counsel job that’s being advertised became open when Dan Suleiman was promoted recently to deputy chief of staff. Read the job notice here.


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