Senators Kirk, Durbin Process on Replacing U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald
Senators Kirk and Durbin will establish a non-partisan committee by each selecting three members, including one co-chair. The committee will then conduct an open application process to screen all applicants to recommend the top candidates. The Senators will review the committee's recommendations, interview the finalists and, in consultation with each other, agree on a list of names to recommend for the White House. Once the President submits a nomination to the U.S. Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee reviews and votes on the nominee. The approval of both home state Senators is required for the Senate Judiciary Committee to take up and consider any U.S. Attorney. If the Judicary Committee approves the nominee, the full Senate will vote on the nominee. On average, it takes between two to four months to confirm a U.S. Attorney once that nomination is sent to the Senate. Until a new U.S. Attorney is confirmed, the Department of Justice announced that Gary Shapiro will serve as Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
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