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Kristen Daum, Published October 30 2009

Attorney general process frustrates Dorgan

Sen. Byron Dorgan said Thursday that he knows who President Barack Obama intends to nominate for North Dakota’s U.S. attorney and U.S. marshal positions, but he’s leaving it to the White House to announce the nominations.

Dorgan, D-N.D., said in early September that he expected a U.S. attorney nomination from Obama “soon,” but the announcement hasn’t come.

Dorgan addressed the anticipated nomination again early Thursday, saying he’s frustrated with how long the process has taken and with the lack of an announcement.

“The fact is the congressional delegation sent names to the White House long, long, long ago,” Dorgan said. “We would have expected it to be completed (by now). It is the case, however, that this vetting process takes forever these days, which is also very frustrating. … This has taken far too long.”

White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage has previously said there would be no comment on the nominations or the process until Obama makes the announcements.

Once the White House nominates a candidate for the U.S. attorney post, it is up to the Senate to confirm the candidate.

Lynn C. Jordheim is serving as North Dakota’s acting U.S. attorney until one is confirmed by the Senate.

Former U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley left his position as the state’s chief federal prosecutor on Sept. 11, after submitting his resignation in April.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541