Lawyers in Washington for a couple of months now have been playing fortune teller, buzzing about the anticipated comings and goings among top attorneys in key slots throughout the Obama administration. This week's focus: Lanny Breuer.
It wasn't a secret that Breuer, one of the longest-serving leaders of the U.S. Justice Department's Criminal Division, was preparing to leave the department. That information picked up steam Wednesday afternoon when The Washington Post reported that Breuer's "days in office are winding down."
The Post, back in November, reported on rumors of Breuer's desire to move on, and The National Law Journal in December also noted that Breuer is expected to call it quits. (The NLJ mentioned a couple of potential contenders for his job, including Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, and Jenny Durkan, the U.S. attorney in Seattle.)
The precise timing of Breuer's resignation, however, remains unknown. The Post yesterday said "it is not clear when Breuer intends to leave his post, nor what he plans to do once he departs." DOJ officials are not talking about Breuer's future. Breuer said in an interview late last year with The NLJ that he was planning to stick around for "a little while."