Veteran federal prosecutor Laura Duffy appears very likely to become the Obama Administration’s nominee for U.S. attorney in San Diego, according to multiple sources who said she was recently interviewed at the White House and Department of Justice.
The FBI is completing a background check on Duffy, according to federal law enforcement sources and people who have been interviewed about her. The background check and vetting in Washington are final steps before nomination by President Barack Obama.
If all goes well and she is Obama’s pick, her nomination must be approved by the Senate. No other San Diego candidates have been interviewed in Washington as Duffy has, said sources close to the other hopefuls.
Duffy declined to comment Monday. The sources, including five lawyers who are friends or colleagues of Duffy, asked not to be identified because the process is secret.
It remains unclear when the nomination could happen but the recent events suggest the 11-month selection process has shifted to Washington, with an end in sight.
Around the country, the president has nominated 34 U.S. attorney candidates, with 24 confirmations so far. There are 93 U.S. attorneys nationwide and they are typically replaced when a new president takes office.