Senate committee advances choice of Biden to oversee January 6 riots
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A U.S. Senate panel voted Thursday to advance seven of President Joe Biden’s top U.S. prosecutors, including his choice to serve as the Supreme Federal Prosecutor overseeing the Jan.6 Capitol Riots cases.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the appointment of Matthew Graves, a former prosecutor now at DLA Piper, to head the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, which has dealt with more than 600 riot cases.
The office investigated those involved in the violence, in which supporters of then-President Donald Trump, a Republican, fought police, smashed windows, and dispatched members of Congress and the Vice President. of the time, Mike Pence, running to safety.
The committee did it unanimously on a voice vote, as it did with the other six. But following a ruling by Republican Senator Tom Cotton, a vote on one of Biden’s most high-profile choices, Boston Progressive District Attorney Rachael Rollins, as Massachusetts’ Supreme Federal Attorney, has been delayed for a week.
Cotton, an Arkansas conservative, has vowed to block the appointment of Rollins, a criminal justice reformer whose policies he says have contributed to an increase in violent crime nationwide.
“Rachel Rollins measures success as a prosecutor not by the number of victims she gets justice for, but by the number of criminals she helps avoid the consequences,” Cotton said in a statement.
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, chairman of the committee, said he would hold a vote on his nomination next week and noted that during the Trump administration, Democrats only delayed the vote out of three of his 85 choices of US prosecutors.
“These are candidates who are well positioned to serve,” Durbin said of the eight lawyers on the day’s agenda.
Rollins spokesperson Renee Algarin said in a statement that she “looks forward to the confirmation process and is deeply grateful for the wide range of support her appointment has received.”
The panel also voted 13-8 to advance the appointment of Hampton Dellinger, a former partner of Boies Schiller Flexner who left in 2020 to set up his own cabinet, as head of the Department of Justice’s Legal Policy Office, who advises on federal judicial appointments.
Graves from 2007 to 2016 served as a prosecutor in the same US attorney’s office he would head, securing a guilty plea from former US Representative Jesse Jackson Jr, a Democrat, for campaign fund abuse and investigating banks for violation of sanctions.
These sanctions cases have resulted in settlements with the US Department of Justice and other regulators of $ 1.45 billion with Commerzbank in Germany and $ 787.3 million with CrÃ©dit Agricole SA in France.
He joined DLA as an associate in 2016, where his practice focused on white-collar investigations and helping companies conduct internal investigations. The Yale Law School graduate was earlier in his career as an associate at WilmerHale from 2002 to 2007.
His clients at DLA include The Coca-Cola Company, Nike Inc, Bayer AG and General Electric Co, according to a financial disclosure form.
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(Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the results of the Hampton Dellinger nomination vote.)