Former state lawmaker on short list for next US attorney in CT

A former state lawmaker from western Connecticut spoke publicly for the first time about the possibility of being selected as the next U.S. attorney for Connecticut.



John Shaban, of Redding, tells News 12 Connecticut he was honored to find out that President Donald Trump is considering him for the position, which would make him the chief legal representative of the federal government in the District of Connecticut. 



The former state representative from the 135th District recently ran for Congress in the 4th District, but lost to incumbent Rep. Jim Himes. 



Shaban says it would be humbling to become the state's chief federal prosecutor, potentially taking the place of current U.S. Attorney Deidre Daly, if President Trump ultimately selects him. 



"I would view it as a pinnacle of really my legal career. I've been practicing law in Greenwich and New York City for the last 25," Shaban says.



If selected, Shaban says his role would not be political. 



Shaban says he's been told that President Trump is unlikely to make a final decision until summer. Whether or not he's selected, Shaban says he will always see US attorney as one of the most important legal positions. 


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