May 16, 2021 17:30

Tony West, Kamala Harris’ Brother-in-Law, Promoted for AG

Maya Harris, Kamala Harris’ sister,  has participated in conversations with allies aimed at boosting the candidacy of her husband, Tony West, for attorney general, Politico reports. West is chief legal officer at Uber and was U.S. Associate Attorney General in the Obama administration. Allies have floated West’s name as a possible AG contender but others have ruled him out because he is related to the vice president-elect. His work as Uber’s top lawyer, given the company’s legal troubles, have raised concerns about his ability to fill the role. Maya Harris has worked in Democratic politics for years, including serving as chair of her sister’s presidential campaign. She worked as one of three senior policy advisers to Hillary Clinton on her 2016 campaign after working at the Ford Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Maya Harris is not waging a campaign for her husband as the next attorney general,” a Kamala Harris aide said. Harris and West requested and participated in an ethics briefing to ensure they would abide by all Biden transition guidelines. President-elect Joe Biden’s top contenders for attorney general include former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, former Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson and outgoing Alabama Sen. Doug Jones. Biden plans to announce his selection this week. Ben Crump, the civil rights attorney who has represented the families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Jacob Blake, has advocated for Biden to select West.

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