Plain Talk: New U.S. Attorney Says He’s Not Ready Yet to Talk About Lengthy Confirmation Process


North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley meets with The Forum editorial board Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

It took 18 months for incoming U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley to be confirmed, and while many in the state attribute delays to behind-the-scenes political games, Wrigley says he’s focused on the job ahead for now. “I’m not prepared to do that today,” he said when asked to talk about the process.

As for doing his new job, he’s now the top federal law enforcement officer in a state which has legalized medical marijuana despite on-going federal prohibition. Wrigley said he’d need direction from the Trump administration, and some discussions with state leaders, before deciding what his approach would be to that. “We’re working in a totally different environment from when I was first here,” he said.

Also, should politicians be able to regulate people who can’t vote for them?

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