President Donald Trump eliminated all of the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys through firings and resignations three months ago but has yet to fill a single position — not even the one he considers a priority, the Southern District of Florida.
Six candidates, mostly current and former prosecutors from South Florida, interviewed in April and May with senior Justice Department lawyers for the coveted job of becoming the region's top law enforcement official. But one of them, Dave Aronberg, the state attorney in Palm Beach County, told the Miami Herald Wednesday that he has withdrawn his application.
Speculation continues to swirl around Trump's possible pick for the new U.S. attorney in Miami, yet there doesn't appear to be consensus around a front runner though there are a few favorites in the mix.
A White House spokesperson said Tuesday the administration could not comment on “personnel decisions,” adding it is “pleased with the great candidates who have expressed an interest in serving their country through the Department of Justice.”
In Florida, the process for selecting the U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida, has changed this year. Instead of using the traditional federal Judicial Nominating Commission to recommend a short list of finalists, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio opted to skip that initial step and directly recommend a handful of candidates to the White House and Justice Department.
The revision was supposed to speed up the process, which remains a blend of intense legal and political scrutiny of the candidates.