Ira Sorkin, Bernie Madoff’s attorney, is appealing Judge Denny Chin’s decision to lock up Madoff until his sentencing in June. If he’s successful, Madoff will return to house arrest at his Upper East Side apartment. This is, of course, the type of thing lawyers are supposed to do for their clients. Still, though … booo! [NYP]
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family….
I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!