Biden has named federal appeals judge Merrick Garland as the next US attorney general. His nomination has not yet received a confirmatory vote in the Senate, but hearings are set to begin on February 22nd.
The US Attorney’s Office said Blader’s resignation would take effect on February 26 at 11:59 p.m.
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Office spokeswoman Myra Longfield said it was not yet known who would head the office in the meantime until Biden appoints a permanent successor. That decision comes from the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, she said, which has not yet specified who will be responsible. But Longfield said it was likely a person on the current staff.
Blader was not immediately available for comment Thursday morning. Blader is the former Waushara District Attorney, a position he held for about 10 years before being named a U.S. attorney. Blader previously worked as a lawyer in Wautoma. He received his law degree from Marquette University in 1999.
In a statement, Blader described serving as a US attorney as “the most rewarding experience of my professional career” and thanked Sessions and now former US attorney William Barr for their assistance.
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with the exceptional men and women in the US attorney’s office who deserve the real credit for our achievements,” Blader said in the statement. “I am also honored to have the opportunity to work with our brave and committed federal, state and local law enforcement partners who work daily to protect our citizens and make the western district of Wisconsin a better place do.”
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