Biden pushes out federal prosecutor who’s investigating top Democrats in Illinois

Biden pushes out federal prosecutor who’s investigating top Democrats in Illinois
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[Ed. – As Kevin Daley says, it’s not unusual for an incoming administration to request a mass resignation of U.S. Attorneys, but those in the middle of big cases are usually given time to get things squared away for an orderly turnover.  In fact, a couple of the attorneys are being afforded just that.  But Lausch, with his investigation into the speaker of the Illinois House, is apparently getting the expedited departure treatment.]

U.S. attorney John Lausch is prosecuting close confidants of Democrat boss Mike Madigan, an ally of former president Barack Obama who resigned from the state legislature Thursday after a decades-long reign in Springfield. Lausch’s office will also prosecute Chicago alderman Edward Burke (D.), an influential figure accused of strong-arming businesses into retaining his law firm.

Lausch’s abrupt removal has drawn bipartisan criticism from Illinois lawmakers who say he should be allowed to finish his work or depart on a longer timeline to ensure an orderly transition. The president asked all Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign by the end of February but allowed two to remain in place to conclude politically sensitive work. …

The U.S. attorney in Delaware will stay on as that office continues an inquiry into Hunter Biden’s tax affairs. U.S. attorney John Durham will step back from his role as the top prosecutor in Connecticut, but will remain in the Justice Department to conclude his probe on the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

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