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Thu Jul 16, 2020, 07:02 PM

Attorney general taps another Justice Department insider for top prosecutor job

Source: Reuters

U.S. JULY 16, 2020 / 5:40 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Attorney general taps another Justice Department insider for top prosecutor job

Sarah N. Lynch
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr installed a new interim U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Alabama on Thursday, the latest appointee to come out of the Justice Department in Washington to serve in an acting capacity as a top federal prosecutor.

Prim Escalona, the departmentís principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs, will take over from Jay Towns, who resigned on Wednesday to take a job with a defense contractor.

A Justice Department spokesman did not have any immediate comment on why Barr tapped Escalona, who does not appear to have a background prosecuting criminal cases based on her LinkedIn profile.

Barr has reshuffled a number of U.S. attorneys in recent months, replacing them with people who worked in Washington.

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