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Schiff dodges when pressed on interest in California attorney general position

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Asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “Prime Time” about his interest in the position, Schiff said, “You know, I’m not commenting. But I appreciate the question.”

“I am very pleased to see that it looks like Xavier Becerra will be confirmed tomorrow. I think he will do an exceptional job and I am confident that the governor will choose a worthy successor,” he continued.

Pressed if that meant discarding consideration of the job, the California Democrat reiterated, “I’m not going to comment.”

Schiff’s comments (or lack thereof) are likely to fuel new speculation about his interest in the position California Gov. Gavin Newsom will occupy if Becerra is confirmed. The work of the Attorney General in California has proven to be a strong launching pad for ambitious politicians, including Vice President Kamala Harris.

Some social justice groups, including Black Lives Matter, have pressured Newsom to choose someone “who understands the impact of policing and imprisonment on people’s lives and in our communities.”

“We ask that you gain our trust and support by designating someone who has worked throughout their career to elevate the people of California,” he added a list of criminal justice and racial justice groups. open letter to the governor last month.

After attending Harvard Law School, Schiff worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in California, where he convinced a jury to convict an FBI agent for selling secrets to Russians. He was later elected to the California state Senate before settling in the United States House.

He kept a low profile during his early years in Congress, however gained prominence in 2014 as one of the Democrats on the Republican-led committee investigating the Benghazi attack, and again in 2019 for his leading role in the House’s impeachment investigation against then-President Donald Trump.

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