WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump recently nominated two judges to sit on the South Carolina federal bench, but the announcement included a glaring omission.
Despite the fact it’s been 14 months since the job came open, Trump still has not named a nominee for the state’s U.S. attorney.
Furthermore, the announcement isn’t likely to be made anytime soon, leaving members of South Carolina’s legal community to report the process is so far behind that it could be another five or six months before the U.S. Senate would even start to consider a contender for the role of the state’s top federal prosecutor.
That’s because federal background checks have not gotten underway for leading candidates for the posting. This is a crucial first step in the process and the clearest sign a nomination would be forthcoming.
Pete Strom, the founder and managing partner of Strom Law Firm who served as a U.S. attorney from 1993 to 1996, said this lag time was unprecedented.
“The process is much slower than I’ve ever seen it,” he said. “When I became U.S. attorney, I