Republicans on Thursday postponed the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote on the nomination of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachel Rollins as the next US attorney in Massachusetts by a week.
In July, President Joe Biden appointed Rollins to the position of Supreme Federal Attorney in Massachusetts. This would allow her to return to the Office of the Assistant U.S. attorney earlier in her career.
On Thursday, eight US prosecutor nominees appeared on the Judiciary Committee’s agenda for the first time, and seven of them received favorable recommendations.
“Important prosecution experience. These nominees can be used for service,” said Dick Durbin (a Democratic senator from Illinois), chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.
Durbin stated that Rollins’ nomination would be delayed until next week at the request the minority party.
US Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a member of the committee, had previously threatened to block Rollins’ nomination because her prosecution method was progressive, including her decision to refuse to prosecute some low-level nonviolent crimes.
Durbin said that during the Trump administration, the Senate Judiciary Committee processed 85 nominees for U.S. prosecutors, all of whom were confirmed by voice voting, and only three were put on the committee after they appeared on the agenda One week.
Rollins’ nomination is not the one that was considered. Cotton and all other Republicans were not present to discuss the decision to postpone voting.
– Matt Murphy/SHNS