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Dana Boente announces resignation as U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia

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By Rachel Weiner October 27 at 3:28 PM
Dana Boente, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has submitted his resignation, a spokesman confirmed Friday.

He plans to serve until a successor is confirmed.

“I will be around for a while and hope to visit with all of you to discuss how much the office and our work means to each of us,” Boente wrote in a letter to the lawyers he oversees. “I have so much respect for you and the work you do every day.”

Boente, a 33-year veteran of the Justice Department, was tapped earlier this year to serve as acting Attorney General after Sally Yates was fired. He went on to serve as acting Deputy Attorney General.

He is currently serving as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division and will remain in that post until John C. Demers is confirmed.

President Trump has not named a successor for Boente in Virginia.

The U.S. attorney’s job in the Eastern District of Virginia is an important and high-profile one. The Eastern District is home to the CIA and the Pentagon, and its prosecutors often handle terrorism cases. It includes about 300 lawyers and other employees with offices in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News.


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