WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously approved President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to be the U.S. attorney in Maryland late Thursday, rapidly moving his approval during the course of a single day after he appeared to stall for weeks.
Robert K. Hur, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland who was nominated in November, will succeed Rod J. Rosenstein in the post. Rosenstein, then the longest serving U.S. attorney in the country, left the job last year to become deputy attorney general.
Multiple sources said Grassley was seeking additional material about the department’s probe into the 2016 presidential election. Hur was scheduled for committee review soon after The Sun’s coverage, and was approved by the Senate unanimously on Thursday.
Senate Republicans said Monday that they will consider Robert K. Hur to be the U.S. Attorney for Maryland after initially delaying his confirmation over questions about the Department of Justice’s probe of the 2016 presidential election.
“Marylanders have been anxiously awaiting confirmation of our next U.S. Attorney,” Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, said in a statement, adding that he is confident the newly confirmed prosecutor would “focus on protecting Marylanders across our state.”
Hur, a 45-year-old Silver Spring resident, spent seven years as a federal prosecutor in Maryland, handling financial and regulatory offenses. Before that, he worked in the Justice Department as counsel to the assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division.