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Pelosi pushing Newsom to pick Schiff for next California AG: report

Pelosi pushing Newsom to pick Schiff for next California AG: report
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Republican proposes constitutional amendment to prevent Supreme Court expansion Business groups oppose Paycheck Fairness Act, citing concerns it could threaten bonuses and negotiating New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations MORE (D-Calif.) is reportedly lobbying for California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and up California races to get ahead of another bad fire season Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez highlight vaccine concert MORE (D) to appoint House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing MORE (D-Calif.) as the state’s attorney general after President Biden named Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Health Care: Johnson & Johnson delay prompts criticism of CDC panel | Pfizer CEO says third dose of COVID-19 vaccine 'likely' needed within one year | CDC finds less than 1 percent of fully vaccinated people got COVID-19 NIH to make announcement on fetal tissue research policy amid Trump-era restrictions Overnight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections MORE to be Health and Human Services secretary.

Pelosi and her allies in California politics have urged Newsom to pick Schiff, a House Democrat who served as an impeachment manager during former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE's first Senate trial, who has little in the way of a personal relationship with Newsom, according to The Associated Press, citing a person close to Newsom.

Other people in the mix reportedly include Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg (D), Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton and Rick Zbur, head of the LGBTQ rights group Equality California.

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Newsom, who has already named former Secretary of State Alex PadillaAlex PadillaAgainst mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a 'slush fund' MORE to replace Vice President Harris in the Senate, has said he will name a new attorney general once Becerra is confirmed. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has yet to announce a hearing date for Becerra’s nomination.

“We hope that happens sooner — I certainly do — [rather] than later,” Newsom said Wednesday of Becerra’s confirmation.

The powerful attorney general position has historically been a springboard for higher state and federal office. Harris herself held it from 2010 to 2016 before her election to the Senate, while Newsom’s predecessor, Jerry Brown (D), held the position from 2007 to 2011 before ascending to governor.

Schiff’s own interest in the position is unclear. During the Trump presidency, the 11-term congressman became one of the administration’s highest-profile antagonists, including his spearheading of impeachment hearings in 2019.

The Hill has reached out to Pelosi’s office for comment.