AG pick may face quizzing on Clinton pardon

WASHINGTON Washington attorney Eric Holder has reportedly been offered the post, which would make him the nation's first African-American attorney general. And sources say he's accepted. But it's all unofficial, since the vetting process is still under way.

The 57-year-old is a former judge, prosecutor and defense attorney, and has been one of Barack Obama's advisers. He was also the No. 2 official in the Justice Department under Bill Clinton.

On the last day of Clinton's term, Holder told the White House he was "leaning toward favorable" for a presidential pardon for commodities dealer Marc Rich, who'd spent years running from tax charges. The pardon provoked protests and a congressional investigation over whether it was politically motivated.

Holder later apologized for what he called a snap decision. He said he would have advised against it had he paid more attention.

Holder's nomination could be formally announced as soon as this week.

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