Obama's 6 Recess Picks Include AIG Consultant

President bypasses Senate on stalled appointments
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 30, 2010 11:43 AM CST
Obama's 6 Recess Picks Include AIG Consultant
President Obama waves from the ninth green at Mid-Pacific County club near where his holiday vacation in Kailua, Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – President Obama bypassed the Senate yesterday to make six recess appointments, the most controversial being a deputy attorney general whose links to the insurance giant AIG had stalled his confirmation. Obama first nominated James Cole to the No. 2 Justice Department post in May, but GOP lawmakers blocked his confirmation in part because of questions about his role as an independent consultant for AIG before its near-collapse in 2008. He's a close friend of Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Others appointed were: William Boarman, US public printer; Matthew Bryza, ambassador to Azerbaijan; Norman Eisen, ambassador to the Czech Republic; Robert Ford, ambassador to Syria; and Francis Ricciardone, ambassador to Turkey. Obama has made 28 recess appointments this year. The White House said George W. Bush had made 23 at this point in his presidency. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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