Biden considering Lisa Monaco, Sally Yates for Attorney General

Monaco and Yates had extensive careers inside the Justice Department and previously held positions that required Senate confirmation. But her history of tussling with the Trump White House might make Yates’s approval harder if the Senate is still controlled by Republicans…

Monaco, 52, spent 15 years in the Justice Department during the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations. In 2011 she became the first woman to lead the department’s national security division. In 2013, President Barack Obama selected her to serve as White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.

Biden’s team is considering nominating Monaco as attorney general and Neil MacBride as deputy attorney general, one of the people said. MacBride, 55, served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia during the Obama administration. The office oversees some of the most significant and complicated terrorism and national security cases.

Monaco worked for Biden when he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, while MacBride served as his chief counsel and staff director on the panel.