Brian T. Moran, former Deputy Attorney General of Washington State is said to be the leading contender for a Washington U.S. Attorney slot, according to sources in the state and in the White House, thanks in part to #NeverTrump friends.
Moran has also been criticized for influence-peddling in his current role as a lobbyist. Immediately after leaving his post as Deputy A.G., he started doing work for the very entities he prosecuted while in government service.
And his background is littered with progressive activism.
Moran’s candidacy for the position is a major concern among conservatives and Trump supporters fighting to staff administration with loyal Trump allies. They want Mark Lamb for the job—someone who has long fought activist progressives in Seattle and across the northwest.
Moran maintains a network of #NeverTrump Republicans. His chief political allies pushing this appointment are fellow #NeverTrumpers. Former Washington A.G. Rob McKenna publicly denounced Trump and said that he wouldn’t vote for him. Former U.S. Attorney Mike McKay wrote an op-ed comparing Trump to Hitler. His brother, John McKay, another former U.S. Attorney, publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton.
And during his time as Washington Deputy A.G., he used his office to target and personally oversee the civil prosecution of conservative groups, including the Builders Industry Association of Washington.
Constitutional lawyers and conservative Cleta Mitchell said that appointing Moran “would be a colossal mistake,” given his background and work with #NeverTrump Attorney General Rob McKenna.
“McKenna is a known antagonist to President Trump,” she said, “and tried to endear himself to the liberal interest groups in Washington state by going after conservative organizations and joining forces with the ‘Gestapo’ Public Disclosure Commission in Washington to silence conservatives.”
The White House has already appointed strong U.S. Attorney candidates in many red states that are being blocked by the unprecedented obstruction of Democrats in the Senate. It’s possible that this obstruction is leading the Administration to consider more liberal candidates like Moran who could get through.
If so, continue to expect backlash from strong constitutional conservatives.
Stay tuned for more.
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