President-elect Joe Biden is considering outgoing Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and federal judge Merrick Garland to be his attorney general, The Associated Press reports.
Jones, who lost his re-election race last month, and Garland, who was rejected for a Supreme Court spot under Obama, are said to be the leading candidates for the position.
Biden has also considered former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates but Democrats worry her nomination could stall because of her role in the Russia investigation.
Jones, a former US attorney, prosecuted members of the Ku Klux Klan who were responsible for a church bombing in the 1960s.
Garland has served as a judge since working as a senior official at the Justice Department, where he supervised the prosecution of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Yates is a 30-year veteran of the DOJ.
Biden sending Buttigieg to China?
Biden is also considering a high profile ambassador position for former primary foe Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Biden is considering appointing Buttigieg to serve as his ambassador to China, according to Axios, which would allow the 38-year-old to “deepen his foreign policy chops” and “could boost Buttigieg's future” given that he is expected to run for president again.
Biden has also considered Buttigieg for domestic policy positions.
Buttigieg was passed over to be ambassador to the United Nations, which was Buttigieg’s preference. He was also passed over as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs but has been floated as a potential secretary of Transportation or Commerce.
Buttigieg has told Biden’s team he is most interested in foreign policy or national security.
There is growing concern that he may be left out of the administration altogether.
Fudge to HUD, Vilsack to USDA:
Biden also selected Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge as his secretary of housing and urban development. Fudge, 68, was considered as Biden’s running mate.
Some allies had urged Biden to pick her as his Agriculture Secretary where she could focus on efforts to combat hunger.
Fudge also pushed for the position, saying she would put her experience working on farm bills “against almost anybody’s.”
After news of her appointment leaked, she told reporters that “if I can help this president in any way possible, I am more than happy to do it. It’s a great honor and a privilege to be a part of something so good.”
Biden instead tapped former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to return to the position he held under Obama.
Vilsack, 69, is the former governor of farm-heavy Iowa and served as the head of the USDA through all eight years of Obama’s presidency.