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Is Ted Cruz being considered for attorney general? He met with Trump on Tuesday

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Is U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz being considered for attorney general in Donald Trump’s administration? Cruz wouldn’t say after a meeting with Trump on Tuesday, but one published report indicated he was under consideration.

An anonymous source said to be familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News that the Republican senator from Texas is being considered for the post. Cruz and Trump clashed during the GOP primary; Trump had dubbed Cruz “Lyin’ Ted.”

Cruz is a former U.S. Supreme Court law clerk who has a law degree from Harvard. He served as Texas solicitor general and argued nine U.S. Supreme Court cases. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, has suggested a different position for Cruz—on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Does the source who spoke with Bloomberg know what Trump is thinking? Not according to a Trump tweet about his selection process. “Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions,” he tweeted. “I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!”

A spokeswoman for Cruz issued this statement to CBSDFW: “Sen. Cruz is pleased to have the opportunity to meet with President-elect Trump in New York today. The American people issued a clear mandate to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington, repeal Obamacare and start over with cost-effective, patient-centered health care reform, appoint constitutionalist judges to the Supreme Court, secure our southern border and enforce immigration laws, and enact policies that will create more good-paying jobs for the American people. On behalf of the 27 million Texans he represents, the senator looks forward to assisting the Trump administration in achieving these objectives.”

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