Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins is in the final stages of being vetted for U.S. attorney

Discussion of her potential successor is already underway.

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Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins. –Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Suffolk District Attorney is undergoing FBI background checks, the final step before she can be nominated to be the next United States attorney for the district of Massachusetts, according to a person briefed on the process.

Rollins is one of three finalists for the job, but the FBI has focused only on Rollins, the person said. The two other candidates, both experienced federal prosecutors, have heard nothing since they were interviewed by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey in mid-January, multiple people said.

If she is appointed, Rollins would become the first Black woman to become the top federal law enforcement official in Massachusetts, overseeing more than 200 federal prosecutors. The previous US attorney, Andrew Lelling, made national headlines, leading the Varsity Blues investigation into fraudulent college applications by children of the rich and famous.

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