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Trump Administration Considers Powell Butte Lawmaker For Federal Prosecutor Job


Mike McLane, House Republican leader, held a press conference after Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation from office.

Mike McLane, House Republican leader, held a press conference after Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation from office.

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The Trump administration is considering naming the top Republican in the Oregon House of Representatives, Mike McLane, as the state’s top federal prosecutor, the Portland Tribune has learned.

Rep. McLane, of Powell Butte, acknowledged the news through a spokesman. “I can confirm for you that Representative McLane is being considered for the position of U.S. Attorney for Oregon,” wrote Preston Mann, the House Republicans’ communications director, in an email.

Speculation about the powerful office in Oregon has been on the upswing as President Donald Trump starts making progress on appointments, and since November, McLane has been considered a leading candidate.

The office of the U.S. Attorney for Oregon is an arm of the federal Department of Justice, with a staff of more than 100 employees, including more than 40 criminal prosecutors. The office goes after drug traffickers, scam artists, and oversees other high-profile cases, such as the influence-peddling probe of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and the prosecution of the Bundy-led occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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