Secret Service Director Julia Pierson. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Replacing Eric Holder and Julia Pierson

The Obama administration also faces a difficult challenge regarding timing for nominating successors to Holder and Pierson. The President can either try to make the nominations soon so as to have the confirmation hearings in a more Democratic senate or wait until after the election when there will be a possible Republican majority in the senate. The former approach means the hearings could damage Democratic chances in the November election, while the latter will make it harder for the administration to get their nominees confirmed quickly. Neither is a good option for the White House.

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