It appears as though President Obama has a year before he has to nominate a new attorney general.
A senior administration official told Fox News that Obama does not want a mass exodus at the start of his second term, especially with his national security team going through major changes. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already has said she will leave soon.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Holder has accepted the president’s request to stay temporarily.
The names of potential replacements are already starting to emerge.
Among those mentioned is Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the official told Fox News.
Other names being mention on Capitol Hill are Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a former state attorney general.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s name also has been mentioned, a source told Fox News.