Senators form panel to lead search for Minnesota's new U.S. Attorney

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Minnesota's U.S. Senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, have named an advisory committee that will lead the search for the state's next U.S. Attorney.

The Associated Press reports the former head of the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Timothy O'Malley, is the chair of the seven-member panel. It also includes attorneys, judges, and other law enforcement leaders.

Minnesota's current U.S. Attorney, B. Todd Jones, has been splitting his time between that post and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Jones is the interim director of ATF, but in January President Obama proposed removing the interim label.

Jones' ATF nomination needs Senate approval. Since he was nominated, critics have come forth accusing Jones of mismanagement while leading the Justice Department's Minnesota office.

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