Interim Appointment of U.S. Attorneys
UPDATE: The bill passes, 329 to 78. From the floor debate:
|Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law Chairwoman Linda Sanchez (CA-39):|
"Prior to the forced resignation of eight U.S. Attorneys in recent months and outside the normal turnover of U.S. Attorneys that occurs with a new Administration, only 10 U.S. Attorneys were forced to resign in the last 25 years. The 10 U.S. Attorneys cited in the CRS report were all fired for cause."
|Rep. Howard Berman (CA-28):|
"Now we have a different story from the DOJ. Will Moschella, the former head of the office of legislative affairs, now claims sole responsibility for the provision and says he pursued the change on his own without the knowledge or coordination of his superiors at the Justice Department or the White House. This is a department, the Department of Justice, that says it fired eight U.S. Attorneys for not coordinating their work 100% with the priorities of the department. And yet, we're supposed to believe that they are permitting a relatively low-level official to fly solo in changing federal law on the appointment of U.S. Attorneys without any other departmental involvement?"