Three months after President Trump abruptly fired about half of the nation’s U.S. Attorneys, the White House has settled on nominees for eight of the 93 chief federal prosecutor slots, reports Politico. Under a Senate procedure known as the “blue slip,” home-state senators usually have an effective veto over U.S. Attorney nominees and judges. The partisan divide and anger in the Democratic camp towards Trump have complicated judge and U.S. Attorney selections. Of the first U.S. Attorney nominees, six were for red states represented solely by GOP senators, while a seventh was for the District of Columbia — a jurisdiction not covered by the blue-slip process.
Only one nominee — Trump’s pick to head the federal prosecutor’s office in the Northern District of Ohio — required the approval of a Democratic senator. Justin Herdman got an enthusiastic endorsement from both Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH ). Herdman worked as a prosecutor in the Cleveland-based U.S. Attorney’s office from 2006 to 2013. He is a partner at Jones Day, the law firm that was home to Trump’s White House counsel, Don McGahn, and has populated many of the top legal posts in the administration. The other picks are D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee, Jay Town for the Northern District of Alabama, Louis Franklin for the Middle District of Alabama, Richard Moore for the Southern District of Alabama, John Huber of Utah, Brian Kuester of Oklahoma and Jessie Liu for the District of Columbia.