Sens. Warner, Kaine recommend candidates for US Attorneys in Western, Eastern districts of Virginia

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WASHINGTON (WAVY/WFXR) — U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced Wednesday their recommendations for U.S. Attorneys in Virginia.

The senators sent a letter to the White House regarding the vacancies in the Western District of Virginia (WDVA) and the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA).

In their letter, the senators recommended Christopher Kavanaugh, Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Virginia, and Erin B. Ashwell, Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, for the WDVA position.

Since U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen resigned in September 2020 following his Senate judicial confirmation, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar has been serving as Acting U.S. Attorney for the WDVA.

Meanwhile, Warner and Kaine recommended Jessica Aber, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John Hall, a civil litigator at Covington & Burling, for the EDVA position.

“Panels of esteemed attorneys from across the Commonwealth interviewed Ms. Aber, Mr. Hall, Mr. Kavanaugh, and Ms. Ashwell, along with many other excellent candidates. After considering the panels’ reviews and conducting our own interviews, we find these four candidates to be exceptionally qualified for the position of U.S Attorney,” wrote the senators to President Joe Biden.

The White House will now nominate one individual for each vacancy to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The nominations are subject to confirmation by the full Senate.

The full letter can be found here.

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