Political Capital with John Harwood

Orrin Hatch: Could He Be The Next Attorney General?

Sen. Orrin Hatch

A Republican source on Capitol Hill points out for me today another potential replacement for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales--Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a one-time presidential candidate and longtime member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Whatever his other qualifications, Hatch would bring this unequivocal benefit: the ability to be readily confirmed by a Democratic-controlled Senate.

A senior White House official tells me that President Bush will move "expeditiously" on a replacement. Stay tuned.

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