Denver Lawyer Is Frontrunner For Colorado U.S. Attorney
By Andrew Ramonas | March 15, 2022 1:42 pm

A Denver lawyer is now the leading candidate to be nominated as U.S. Attorney for Colorado, The Pueblo Chieftain reported Saturday.

John Walsh (Hill & Robbins)

John Walsh, a shareholder at Hill & Robbins PC, has emerged as the frontrunner for the nomination, bypassing Bill Thiebaut, the Pueblo, Colo., district attorney, who was thought to be the leading candidate.

President Barack Obama nominated Stephanie Villafuerte for the post in September, but she withdrew her name from consideration in December after a deluge of Republican queries about her integrity. Walsh was previously an Assistant U.S. Attorney, serving as chief of the major frauds unit in the Central District of California U.S. Attorney’s Office. Read more about him here.

Walsh is undergoing an FBI background check and should be tapped soon, according to the newspaper.

Villafuerte, a longtime aide to Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D), withdrew last year amid controversy over whether she accessed a law enforcement database in connection with Ritter’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign. She denied the allegations, which were raised by congressional and state Republicans.

Walsh is backed by key Republicans in the state, including Troy Eid, who served as U.S. Attorney during the Bush administration.

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