Lawmakers stand behind Chicago U.S. Lawyer John Lausch

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Chicago U.S. Attorney John Lausch

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers are asking President Biden not to replace Chicago U.S. Attorney John Lausch while he is working on sensitive cases.

President Biden reportedly is asking almost all the current U.S. Attorney’s to submit their resignations. But Illinois’ Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth said they’re disappointed John Lausch is on that list.

Lausch is leading high-profile investigations and cases involving—among others—indicted Alderman Ed Burke and House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has not been charged.

Republican members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation also are urging Lausch be kept in place, though Congressman Adam Kinzinger is not suggesting the Democratic President has a political motive.

“It’s not necessarily unprecedented to ask for the resignation of all U.S. attorneys, but I certainly hope in this case the administration makes an exception on Mr. Lausch. As you fairly mentioned, he has really done a good job breaking into Illinois corruption,” Kinzinger said.

“My hope is that that is heard loud and clear, and we get to keep him around, because that’s that kind of tenacity we need. And quite honestly a new U.S. attorney may be a good person, the spin up time would kill a lot of the momentum that we have to root out corruption in Illinois.”

President Biden has not asked the prosecutor investigating his son Hunter to step down.

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