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Blumenthal Applauds Committee Approval of Connecticut US Attorney Nominee John Durham

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, applauded Judiciary Committee approval of John H. Durham’s nomination to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. Durham’s nomination was approved by the Judiciary Committee today by voice vote, and now proceeds to the full Senate for consideration. Blumenthal and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) recommended Durham’s nomination to President Trump last year.

“I know John Durham well, having known and worked with him over many years,” said Blumenthal. “He is a no-nonsense, fierce, fair career prosecutor. He knows what it means to try some of the toughest cases against career criminals. He knows what it means to try to stop the opioid crisis in this country. He knows what organized crime does to the fabric of our society. He is exactly the kind of person we should have in this position.”

John Durham has served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut since 1989, holding numerous positions, including Acting United States Attorney, Deputy United States Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division, and Counsel to the United States Attorney. Prior to that, he served on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Boston Strike Force on Organized Crime, where he led the high-profile prosecution of former Supervisory FBI Special Agency John J. Connolly and mob bosses James “Whitey” Bulger, and Stephen “the Rifleman” Flemmi.

John Durham graduated from Colgate University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.