US Senate committee to consider boroughs for SC attorney position
The nomination of Adair Ford Boroughs, President Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. attorney from South Carolina, will be presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
The 9 a.m. hearing is a necessary step in Burroughs’ journey that must be confirmed by the full US Senate.
Boroughs, 41, who ran an unsuccessful 2020 campaign for the US House and whose resume includes Justice Department work, was nominated by Biden in June to become South Carolina’s next US attorney.
“It will not be a hearing. It’s just a discussion and a vote,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond Law School who specializes in the federal justice system and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Boroughs likely won’t have to appear before senators, and the vote should be in his favour, Tobias said.
“It’s a signal that they’ve investigated her and there’s no controversy, no red flags,” Tobias said. “Sometimes a few senators vote no just because they oppose anyone Biden appoints.”
Ensure that his nomination is presented to the committee as well likely means Senator Lindsey Graham, R.S.C., who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, approved Boroughs favorably, Tobias said. Home state senators have a say in a nominee’s ability to pass through a committee.
Boroughs has a long academic and legal pedigree, graduating from Furman University in 2002 with honors. She was also a public school teacher and graduated from Stanford Law School in 2007.
She also served as a paralegal for approximately three years for U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel. She worked for Gergel in 2014, when he struck down the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
The United States Attorney for South Carolina is the chief federal law enforcement officer responsible for federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation involving the United States in the state. Its prosecutors work with agents from the FBI, Secret Service, IRS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal law enforcement agencies.
Currently, the bureau is investigating financial crimes associated with suspended Hampton County attorney Alex Murdaugh and his relationship with Palmetto State Bank. And the bureau is suing a senior Westinghouse official who allegedly helped former SC utility SCANA cover up job failures and cost overruns during the failed VC Summer nuclear project in Fairfield County.
If confirmed, the boroughs will oversee an office of approximately 62 assistant U.S. attorneys, 75 support staff and 18 contract support staff, all responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district.
These crimes include narcotics and firearms cases, gang violence, human trafficking, white collar crime, tax evasion, securities fraud, public corruption, terrorism and violations civil rights. The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.
Attorneys for the U.S. Attorney’s Office are headquartered in Columbia, with satellite offices in Charleston, Greenville and Florence.
This story was originally published July 9, 2022 1:15 p.m.