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Senate panel recommends Hur for Maryland U.S. attorney

Veteran prosecutor Robert K. Hur took a giant step toward becoming Maryland’s next chief federal prosecutor Thursday when the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee recommended by voice vote the full Senate approve his confirmation to be U.S. attorney.

The Senate has not set a date for a confirmation vote on Hur, whom President Donald Trump nominated for U.S. attorney in November.

Hur has most recently served as Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s principal associate. If confirmed, Hur would succeed Rosenstein in the Maryland office.

Rosenstein left the U.S. attorney post last April upon his Senate confirmation to be the second highest-ranking Justice Department official. Stephen M. Schenning has been serving as acting U.S. attorney for Maryland since Rosenstein’s departure.

Hur served as an assistant U.S. attorney to Rosenstein from 2007 to 2014, prosecuting financial and regulatory offenses, including mortgage fraud and violations of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, according to a Justice Department biography.

Hur, a Stanford Law School graduate and former clerk to then-Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, was a partner at the law firm King & Spalding in Washington, D.C., before rejoining Rosenstein at the Justice Department last year, according to the biography.

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