Durbin, Duckworth asks Biden not to fire U.S. lawyer John Lausch


WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden sparked a political storm in Illinois on Tuesday, uniting Democratic senators, members of four GOP houses and the Illinois Republican Party to protest John Lausch’s move to dismiss a U.S. lawyer while overseeing state corruption cases and prosecutions . among the best Democrats in the state.

Senator Dick Durbin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Tammy Duckworth, who was named as Biden’s vice president, have said they have not been consulted on the move and do not want Lausch to resign recently.

On February 22 and 23, Durbin will preside over a confirmatory hearing of Merrick Garland, a federal appellate court judge raised by Lincolnwood, who is Biden’s elected attorney general, to vote in committee on March 1st. reverse former President Donald Trump’s politicization of the Department of Justice.

U.S. attorneys are appointed by a president, who must be approved by the senate. Presidents have the right to fire American lawyers.

Lausch and two U.S. lawyers appointed by Trump, who have not yet moved on, have been asked to submit their resignations by Feb. 28 in a conference call Tuesday with Attorney General Monty Wilkinson.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki said in a briefing Tuesday that asking U.S. lawyers to resign at the start of the new presidency “was commonplace among previous administrations, and we look forward to working with the Senate to fill those gaps quickly in the coming weeks. The President also made it clear that he wanted to restore the independence of the Ministry of Justice and ensure that it remained free from any undue political influence. “

What’s not so common is the backstory when it comes to the Chicago venue: In the partisan-determined senate, Trump, Durbin, and Duckworth supported Lausch. On November 9, 2017, it was confirmed by an audio vote for a four-year term.

Lausch has achieved a somewhat significant deed over the past three years, maintaining the support of Illinois democratic senators, while he was the Attorney General’s Attorney General in Chicago under a Republican administration that enjoyed little popularity in the city.

During Lausch’s tenure, a long-running state corruption investigation, most often dealt with by Democrats, was made public. Prosecutions were filed against Ald in May 2019. Edward M. Burke, along with bribery charges, rose last year against an inner circle of four members of the then Speaker of ComEd and Michael Madigan. Although the ComEd case referred to Madigan, he was not charged with a crime and denies the irregularity.

Court records show that the origins of these cases date back to before the takeover of Lausch.

Other elected officials to be prosecuted while serving as Chicago’s chief prosecutor in Lausch, including state senator Thomas Cullerton, former senator Terry Link, former senator Martin Sandoval, former secretary of state Luis Arroyo, county secretary Jeff Tobolski Cook and mayor Louis Presta Crestwood.

In November, the Sun-Times reported that Durbin and Duckworth said they “trust” Lausch and want him to stay in his workplace.

In a statement, Durbin and Duckworth said Lausch should not be dismissed immediately.

“While we agree with the Biden government’s criminal justice agenda, we are disappointed in the decision to dismiss U.S. lawyer Lausch without consulting with us. In 2017, our out-of-party due diligence committee provided support to Mr. Lausch to serve in this position, and the Senate unanimously confirmed it.

“While the president has the right to move U.S. lawyers, in the northern district of Illinois, U.S. lawyers can be seen as a precedent for staying in office to close sensitive investigations. We believe that Mr. Lausch should be allowed to continue in office until his successor is confirmed by the Senate, and we urge the Biden administration to allow him. “

Four of the five Illinois House Republicans – Adam Kinzinger, Darin LaHood, Rodney Davis and Mary Miller – said Biden should not dismiss Lausch and John Milhiser, an American attorney, from the Illinois Springfield-based Central District until their replacement is confirmed.

“While U.S. attorneys will ultimately serve the president’s pleasure, we believe it would be reckless and irresponsible for President Biden to fire U.S. attorneys Lausch and Milhiser without successors appointed and confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” they said.

Milhiser recently prosecuted former state senator Sam McCann.

“There is an example of a U.S. lawyer being able to remain in office until successors are confirmed, and we firmly believe both should be allowed to do so,” Republicans said.

Lausch’s departure was a fruitful issue for the new president of the Illinois Republican party, Don Tracy, elected on Saturday. Madigan, who was ousted as president, remains president of the Illinois Democratic Party.

In a statement, Tracy applauded Lausch for “spoiling the corrupt Democratic Machine one by one.”

Tracy said, “Joe Biden cares more about settling scores with Trump than the people of Illinois who desperately want a government that works for them – not politicians. If Mike Madigan has no consequences for his party’s corruption, he can now thank Joe Biden for his defense. “