Senate committee approves Polite as next local U.S. Attorney
Jay Vise Reporting
On a voice vote, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved Kenneth Polite as the next U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Approval by the full Democratically-controlled Senate is now a formality.
Polite, a native of New Orleans, is a De La Salle Graduate, was nominated by President Obama to fill the vacancy left by the abrupt resignation of former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
Letten resigned following revelations that senior prosecutors in his office were anonymously blogging on a local news website about open cases and investigations.
Sen. Mary Landrieu nominated Polite for the position, and has asked her Senate colleagues to confirm Polite.
"With the backing of our local community, the President and now the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Polite’s qualifications are without question. I call on my colleagues to confirm Mr. Polite without delay so he can get to work for the people of the Eastern District," Landrieu said.
Dana Boente is currently the interim U.S. Attorney who as been running the office since Letten resigned in December of last year.