Brooklyn finally has a new top federal prosecutor — despite President Trump.
Richard Donoghue was appointed to the interim position as US attorney for the Eastern District of New York by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January — a role which was set to expire Friday unless the president solidified his role by appointing him.
But Brooklyn federal Judge Dora Irizarry announced that she and her fellow Eastern District judges voted to keep Donoghue in office and said he would be sworn in Friday morning in a closed proceeding.
“I am deeply grateful to the Court for the opportunity to continue to serve as the U.S. Attorney,” Donoghue said in a statement.
Trump could still appoint another prosecutor to the position to replace Donoghue but the Senate would need to confirm the appointee.
Donoghue was the chief counsel for a software company CA Technologies and prior to that worked as chief of the criminal division in the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office.
Judges in Manhattan federal court made a similar move last week to keep interim Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman in office.
Source: Read Full Article