Greetings everyone - I wanted to let you know that the Congresswoman has sent a letter to the President of the United States asking for a new Attorney General for the Virgin Islands. Although I cannot divulge the entirety of the letter I wanted to give you a brief blurb from that letter:
"It is of critical importance to the Virgin Islands community that we intentionally fill this position with a local representative. Presently, the US attorney position is being filled by Gretchen Shappert, who received an interim appointment from Attorney General Jeff Session on January 4, 2018. On April 23rd, 2018, the Virgin Islands District Court appointed Ms. Shappert as the U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands. The circumstances surrounding the tenure of the current U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands, Gretchen Shappert, are untenable. She refuses to meet with my office even in a courtesy manner, obstructs other federal law enforcement agencies from engaging with local offices if she does not approve of the individuals running those offices – primarily Democrats. During her time as U.S. Attorney Ms. Shappert has exhibited blatantly discriminatory hiring practices, including firing local employees and hiring non-local, Republican leaning Assistant US Attorneys. She has bragged to those within the agency that given the Virgin Islands’ lack of Senate elected official, the territory’s distance and her court appointment – she will not be asked to resign by the new President. That blatant disregard of the President, our inclusion in justice and the democratic process can not be left unchecked."
Hopefully soon I will have some more info for you.
Delegate Stacey E. Plaskett