Thursday, June 15, 2017

Trump nominates first group of U.S. attorney replacements; some have BigLaw connections

ABA Journal online
Trump nominates first group of U.S. attorney replacements; some have BigLaw connections
American Bar Association (ABA)
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Posted Jun 13, 2017 11:53 am CDT


President Donald Trump has announced "a first wave" of U.S. attorney nominees who share his vision for "making America safe again," according to a White House release on Monday.

The eight nominees reflect the difficulty of getting "blue-slip" approval from Democratic home state senators, Politico reports. Six of the nominees are from states with two Republican senators, and a seventh would serve as U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., which isn’t covered by the blue-slip process.

The only nominee who received the recommendation of Democratic senators was Justin Herdman, a white-collar defense partner at Jones Day. Herdman, a former assistant U.S. attorney, is nominated to be U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Two other nominees also have BigLaw connections. Jessie Liu, the deputy general counsel for the U.S. Treasury Department, is a previous partner at Morrison & Foerster and Jenner & Block. She is nominated to be U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C.

The other is Jay Town of Alabama, is a former associate at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter. Currently a prosecutor in a county district attorney’s office, he is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.

Trump also nominated Utah’s interim U.S. Attorney, John Huber, who was first appointed to the post in 2015. Huber was among the 46 U.S. attorneys asked to resign on March 10, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Huber as interim U.S. attorney several days later, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The full list of nominees is here. The New York Times has coverage here.
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Former AG Lynch
Trump tweet accuses former Attorney General Lynch of making decisions 'for political purposes'
American Bar Association (ABA)
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Posted Jun 13, 2017 10:58 am CDT


President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted his criticism of former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, saying she gave Hillary Clinton "a free pass" in the investigation of her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Lynch "made law enforcement decisions for political purposes" and "gave Hillary Clinton a free pass and protection, Totally illegal!" Trump tweeted. The Washington Examiner, the Washington Post and Politico have stories.

According to the articles, Trump was apparently referring to congressional testimony by former FBI director James Comey, who said Lynch directed him to refer to the agency’s probe of Clinton’s server as "a matter" rather than an investigation.

"That concerned me because that language tracked the way the campaign was talking about the FBI’s work, and that, that’s concerning," said Comey, who was fired by Trump on May 9 and testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last Thursday.
A.G. Lynch made law enforcement decisions for political purposes…gave Hillary Clinton a free pass and protection. Totally illegal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
June 13, 2017

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