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McCormick Says US Attorney Sellinger Who Represents New Jersey Should resign

Lisa McCormick asks US Attorney to resign

Lisa McCormick, who challenged US Senator Robert Menendez in the 2018 primary election, has issued a call for the resignation of Phillip R. Sellinger, U.S. Attorney for the state of New Jersey.

As U.S. Attorney, Sellinger supervises a staff of about 155 federal prosecutors and 130 support personnel and he is responsible for overseeing all federal criminal prosecutions and the litigation of all civil matters in New Jersey in which the federal government has an interest. In her letter to Sellinger, McCormick points out that he was "the single largest contributor to Senator Menendez's legal defense fund" when the lawmaker "faced serious allegations of bribery and corruption," stemming from a 2015 indictment.

"Most disconcerting of all is Senator Menendez's recent indictment—a grave indictment that makes him the only sitting U.S. Senator in history to face such charges on two separate occasions. In this dire situation, the conflict of interest is glaring. It has become abundantly clear that one cannot serve both justice and those who repeatedly face accusations of criminal misconduct."

McCormick argues that President Joe Biden appointed Sellinger upon the recommendation of Menendez, who is the only sitting U.S. Senator indicted twice on separate allegations of criminal misconduct. 



President Joe Biden, Senator Bob Menendez, and US Attorney Philip Sellinger

This is the text of McCormick's letter: