WASHINGTON (AP) – President Obama is preparing to tap George Mitchell, the former Senate Democratic leader, for a top diplomatic
post for the Middle East. Officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the new administration is preparing to announce the appointment shortly. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they have not been authorized to disclose it publicly. Mitchell would assist Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama’s pick for secretary of State. The Senate was expected to vote on Clinton’s nomination Wednesday. The parameters of Mitchell’s role were not immediately clear. Recent reports said Dennis Ross, longtime U.S. negotiator, would be named an adviser to Clinton. Mitchell, 75, took on difficult diplomatic assignments during President Bill Clinton’s presidency.