U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch will be leading the investigation of classified documents found at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Biden Center, nearly two years after President Joe Biden nearly fired him.
Lausch was first appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017. Biden was appointed to office in January 2021 by then-President Donald Trump. It was claimed that the president planned to fire Lausch, even though he had been unanimously confirmed by the Senate. The news of the planned termination drew criticism from both parties, as Democratic Illinois Sens. Tammy Duckworth, Dick Durbin, and Tammy Duckworth expressed shock.
“While we agree with the Biden Administration’s criminal justice agenda, we are disappointed with the decision to terminate U.S. Attorney Lausch without consulting us,” the two senators from Lausch’s home state said in a joint statement. “In 2017, our non-partisan screening committee gave its support for Mr. Lausch to serve in this position, and the Senate confirmed him unanimously.”
Durbin and Duckworth added that there was precedent for individuals in Lausch’s position to stay in office after a new administration took over “to conclude sensitive…