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Kathryn Ruemmler, Ex-Obama Counsel, Withdraws From Justice Consideration

She had been President Barack Obama’s preferred candidate to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder.
United States prosecutor Kathryn Ruemmler, arrives at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in Houston, Texas on Monday, February 6, 2006.

United States prosecutor Kathryn Ruemmler, arrives at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in Houston, Texas on Monday, February 6, 2006.

Photographer: F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg News

Former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler took herself out of the running to become the next U.S. attorney general, paving the way for a nominee who might be easier to get through the Senate confirmation process.

Ruemmler had been President Barack Obama’s preferred candidate to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, who has said he will leave the job when a replacement is confirmed.