West Renominated for Associate Attorney General
By Main Justice staff | January 22, 2013 11:45 pm

The White House on Tuesday announced the renomination¬†Tony West for the Justice Department’s No. 3 position.

Tony West

West, the former Civil Division chief, has been acting Associate Attorney General since March, when Thomas Perrelli stepped down from the post. President Barack Obama officially nominated him for the job in September, but the Senate failed to act, and the nomination expired at the end of the 112th Congress earlier this month.

West’s nomination was sent to the Senate alongside the nominations of John Brennan for CIA director; Chuck Hagel for Defense secretary, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for Secretary of State, and Jack Lew to be the new Treasury secretary.


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