Klobuchar, Franken form search committee for next Minn. US Attorneyby Curtis Gilbert, Minnesota Public Radio,
Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota's two U.S. senators have formed a committee to search for the state's next U.S. Attorney.
B. Todd Jones, who has served as Minnesota's top federal prosecutor since 2009, has a Senate confirmation hearing next week to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He's been serving as acting director for that agency since 2011, in addition to serving as U.S. Attorney.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar said the committee includes a former U.S. Attorney, a police chief, and a county attorney, and will be chaired by a former head of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
"We have a rich tradition of strong U.S. Attorneys in Minnesota," Klobuchar said. "We have a great committee we've put together that are going to work together to make a recommendation to Senator Franken and myself so we can recommend someone to the president."
Klobuchar said she expects the committee to complete its work in about a month.
Curtis Gilbert covers the Twin Cities as a member of the MPR News metro reporting unit.