U.S. Attorney delay yields no comment

It’s no comments all around on a published report that Oxford lawyer Christy McCoy’s U.S. Attorney nomination “has foundered.”
According to the Washington publication Main Justice, for the first time in this administration, Senate-confirmed U.S. attorneys nominated by President Barack Obama outnumber those by his predecessor, President George W. Bush.
But McCoy’s candidacy is sidetracked, it said, because “Republicans raised questions” about her connections to a private investigator under investigation for allegedly padding his bills and submitting false claims. McCoy and other Mississippi defense lawyers used the man to look into cases handled by their practices.
Current U.S. Attorney Jim Greenlee of Oxford reportedly is the “Republicans,” claims someone close to the appointment.
Questions to Greenlee were referred the question to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington.
“He didn’t comment because we don’t allow comments,” said Melissa Swartz of the Justice Department. “We don’t confirm the inner workings of the White House.”
“We have no comment,” said Gannet Tseggai, with the White House.
McCoy, a Booneville native, also declined to comment.
The U.S. attorney is the federal government’s chief legal officer in a designated area and prosecutes federal crimes, and sometimes civil cases. The presidential appointment must gain approval from the U.S. Senate.
As of the end of November, more than 10 months into Obama’s presidency, Justice and congressional records show 24 Obama appointments with approval compared to 21 Bush attorneys. Of the 48 acting and interim U.S. attorneys, just seven were appointed during the Bush administration.

Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

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