The Senate Judiciary Committee, in a March 15 voice vote, advanced William McSwain, President Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to the full Senate for a confirmation hearing.
The Legal first reported days after Trump’s election in November 2016 that McSwain was in the running for the top federal prosecutor position, which is based in Philadelphia.
McSwain currently focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense at Drinker Biddle & Reath, where he is a partner. His representation of Chester County Magisterial District Judge Mark Bruno during the 2014 Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket-fixing trial resulted in a total acquittal for Bruno.
As an assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia from 2003 until his departure for Drinker Biddle in 2006, he specialized in matters dealing with the U.S. Department of Defense. McSwain served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an officer and is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as editor of the Harvard Law Review.
If confirmed, McSwain will lead a U.S. Attorney’s Office that has had its hands full prosecuting public corruption, with politicians and officials from Philadelphia on trial almost annually in recent years.
Below you can read McSwain’s completed Senate questionnaire.