A lawyer for the attorney general and the US Attorney General’s office said they had been preparing for a possible nomination of a former FBI director for the post.
The attorney general’s office had submitted a nomination to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
The nomination was submitted to the committee’s chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, on Wednesday, a spokesman said.
However, the spokesman said there had been no confirmation from the Judiciary Committee.
The spokesman added that it was too soon to know whether the nomination had been approved.
The White House said the FBI director had been selected for a Senate confirmation.
The nomination has been put on hold pending the confirmation of the FBI Director by the Senate.
Earlier this month, the Justice Department announced the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the US election, but said it had not formally nominated anyone for the position.
The FBI has said the investigation is continuing.
“We have not been able to confirm the nomination of the former FBI Director,” a senior administration official said at the time.
“However, we will look into it.”
The White of the Trump administration said on Tuesday that the FBI had nominated former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to serve as acting attorney general, but did not disclose the nature of her appointment.