Jim Letten, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, has recused himself from the case against four conservative activists who were arrested for allegedly interfering with phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office.
According to a brief news release sent to local reporters late Monday evening, Letten recused himself from the case a day after the Jan. 25 arrests in Landrieu’s office in New Orleans, reports the Associated Press. Letten’s top lieutenant, assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Mann, has taken over.
The news release did not say why Letten removed himself, according to The AP, and his spokeswoman Anna Christman said she could not comment.
One possible reason — one of the suspects, Robert Flanagan, is the son of acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana William J. Flanagan.
Reached by Main Justice Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans said that the recusal spoke for itself and the office wasn’t going to comment beyond that.