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Walmart lawyer picked for U.S. attorney in western Arkansas

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 4:09 PM

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Donald Trump has nominated Duane "Dak" Kees,  director of global ethics and compliance at Walmart Stores, to be U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas. It has been filled on an interim basis by a career lawyer in the office.

Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton announced the pick. Kees is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the UA-F Law School. Before joining Walmart, Kees was an Army lawyer for nine years. He rose to the rank of captain and deployed in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Prepared statements from Cotton and Boozman praised Kees' investigative skills, courtroom experience, and military service.

The Western District, U.S. attorney, a political appointment last filled by Conner Eldridge before he stepped down to run for Senate, oversees prosecutions and government lawsuits in 34 counties.  It is home to the probe that has targeted two former Republican state legislators, a corruption investigation that lawyers have said promises more indictments.

Kees' nomination must be approved by the Senate. A committee's earler consideration and approval of a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, Cody Hiland, was approved speedily.

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