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*** UPDATED x1 *** As expected, Lausch will stay on as US Attorney for a while longer

Monday, Mar 1, 2021

* Sun-Times

The Biden White House said Sunday that John Lausch will continue as the U.S. Attorney based in Chicago, confirming the Chicago Sun-Times report last week that he won’t be forced to resign.

President Joe Biden’s team wanted all top federal prosecutors to resign as of Sunday, with only two exceptions. Lausch became the third, with the Biden White House reversal.

“In very limited exceptions, including the Northern District of Illinois, the administration has opted not to seek new candidates for U.S. Attorney positions at this time,” said a White House official Sunday who did not want to named.

* Tribune

Lausch’s office is investigating Commonwealth Edison’s alleged bribery scheme to funnel money and do-nothing jobs to then-House Speaker Michael Madigan’s loyalists in exchange for his help with state legislation. Madigan has not been charged with wrongdoing, but the scandal helped topple him from power.

The White House statement Sunday was the first official comment by the Biden administration on the situation. The White House did not elaborate on the reason for the change of heart and stopped short of confirming that Lausch would stay on until a new U.S. attorney is installed.

*** UPDATE *** Seems pleased…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

4 Comments
  1. - walker - Monday, Mar 1, 21 @ 9:29 am:

    Durbin


  2. - Hard D - Monday, Mar 1, 21 @ 9:35 am:

    Was hoping he would leave and run for Governor. We need a real reformer not one who claims to be after avoiding paying property tax’s for years.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Mar 1, 21 @ 9:41 am:

    === We need a real reformer not one who claims to be after avoiding paying property tax’s for years.===

    Narrator: Pritzker won by 16 points in 2018.

    To the post,

    This is a good move, continuity right now with a respected and professional prosecutor already in place is good for the Northern District of Illinois and the Justice Department too.

    It’s a no brainer, thank goodness it played out that way too.


  4. - Not the Dude - Monday, Mar 1, 21 @ 3:31 pm:

    Don’t remember who it was, but someone on this blog said they follow the senators recommendation when this first happened.They were spot on.


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