President Trump has sent 42 names to the Senate Judiciary committee for nominations as US attorney; U.S. attorneys initiate investigations and decide charges in their districts, guide federal enforcement priorities and significantly affect who ends up in prison, and for how long. They work broadly with their communities on public safety and many end up in high profile roles on the national scene.
According to Senate Judiciary Committee statistics President Obama had nominated 20 US attorneys in the same period with five of them women. At the end of his two terms, he had named 109 US attorneys, 24 of them women.
Sarah Isgur Flores, director of the Justice Department’s office of public affairs refused to answer on the issue of diversity saying, “We are proud that President Trump has nominated twice as many US attorneys at this point than the previous administration, including a significant number of veterans and law enforcement, who will dedicate themselves to upholding the rule of law and combating crime across the country.”
The senior Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) said, “Women are more than half the country and representation by women at all professional levels is critically important. This administration can and should do better than nominating just one woman out of 42.”
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