One Down, 13 Sworn

The new Cabinet lacks an Attorney General after Zoe Baird withdraws

IT TOOK ROUGHLY 36 HOURS FOR THE CLINTON ADministration to hit a snag. Zoe Baird had left a tough Senate confirmation hearing at 9:30 p.m. Thursday insisting she would not withdraw her name as Attorney General-designate. By midnight she had changed her mind: criticisms of her admittedly illegal hiring of undocumented Peruvians as servants had grown quite heated, and presidential support had turned decidedly lukewarm. In an exchange of letters released by the White House at 1:22 a.m. Friday, Bill Clinton accepted her pullout "with sadness." Feminist groups immediately began pressing Clinton to name another woman to the job, but a...

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