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Senate confirms nomination of AG Birnbrich

THE Senate yesterday confirmed unanimously the appointment of Attorney General Gilbert Birnbrich.

Present during the public hearing and discussion of Birnbrich’s appointment were Senate President Ralph Torres, Senate Floor Leader Pete P. Reyes, Sens. Francisco Borja, Joaquin Borja, Jovita Taimanao, Paul Manglona, Senate Vice President Victor Hocog and Senate Committee on Executive Appointments & Government Investigations Chairman Francisco Q. Cruz.

Birnbrich will take his oath as the CNMI’s last appointed AG today before Gov. Eloy S. Inos at 9 a.m.

Birnbrich said he was happy about his confirmation — and glad to be living in the CNMI as well as working for its government.

“I have friends and family here — well, I have a girlfriend here so that’s makes her family already, and I’ve been here for 11 years already and have enjoyed working here,” Birnbrich said.

One of the issues he was asked about during the public hearing was related to the case involving former Attorney General Ed Buckingham whom Birnbrich represented when charges were filed against the former AG.

“It was not a good experience for anyone or for the CNMI. It was a dark period and I guess everyone wants to put that behind and move forward,” Birnbrich said. “This is a good opportunity to move on and go for bigger and better things.”

Newly confirmed AG Gilbert Birnbrich poses with senators following the confirmation of his nomination.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaNewly confirmed AG Gilbert Birnbrich poses with senators following the confirmation of his nomination. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

Attorneys Robert Torres, Michael White and former AG Joey Patrick San Nicolas were among those who expressed support for Birnbrich and urged the Senate to confirm his appointment.

Birnbrich, in his remarks, said he was thankful for the governor’s trust and confidence in him.

“But not only must the governor have confidence in my ability to fulfill the duties of the office, you the members of the Senate and the people of CNMI must also have that confidence. I hope to fully earn the Senate’s and the people’s trust,” he added.

Birnbrich said one of the proudest achievements he had as deputy AG during the time of then-AG San Nicolas was the Lottery Commission and the legalization of casino gaming on Saipan.

“I care for the CNMI and its people and anticipate living here until I grow old,” Birnbrich said.

He also promised to assist the Commonwealth Election Commission in running a clean and fair election and to turn over a functioning fully staffed office to the CNMI’s first elected AG in January.