The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to back Ronald Machen for confirmation as United States attorney for the District of Columbia, a committee spokeswoman said today.
No Republicans have said they plan to oppose Machen, though they could delay a committee vote by a week under the committee’s rules. The full Senate is expected to confirm Machen some time afterward.
Machen has been a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr since 2004. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington from 1997 to 2001, working initially under then-U.S. Attorney, now-Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.
Last week, we reported on Machen’s answers to a Senate questionnaire, including the revelation that he helped screen vice presidential candidates for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.