(The Center Square) – The US attorney appointed by Donald Trump to investigate public corruption in Illinois will ultimately be retained by President Joe Biden.
Biden had called for the resignation of American lawyers from across the country, including the three from Illinois appointed by former President Trump.
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworkth announced on Tuesday that John Lausch, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, would be retained by the Biden administration until a successor is confirmed.
There was bipartisan support for Lausch, who was appointed by Trump in 2017, to be continued.
Lausch has filed a lawsuit against several Illinois politicians and other actors in the public sphere. Most notably, Lausch has pending cases against former public service officials ComEd and associates of longtime former Illinois House chairman Michael Madigan.
Madigan has not been charged with a felony and maintains he did nothing wrong. He is identified as “Public Agent A” in a deferred prosecution agreement in which the public service admitted to prosecutors that it paid Madigan associates more than $ 1.3 million over nine years in an attempt to influence the speaker.
“We are pleased that the Biden administration is following up on our request to retain US Prosecutor Lausch until his successor is confirmed by the Senate,” Durbin and Duckworth said in a joint statement. âMr. Lausch has served with professionalism and without partisanship. While the President has the right to remove US prosecutors, there is precedent for US prosecutors in the Northern District of Illinois to remain in office to conclude sensitive investigations. After our repeated appeals, we appreciate that Mr. Lausch is given this opportunity. â