Williams was appointed by President Barack Obama in March 2012 and took the oath of office a few months later.
The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/2mEAWkw ) that Mark Green, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, also submitted his resignation. Longfield says open investigations will be ongoing.
Two days before he dismissed them, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave no indication in a conference call with United States attorneys across the country that some oftheir jobs were in peril, one of the dismissed U.S. attorneys told CNN on Monday. The Obama administration dismissed all US attorneys except one at the start of his term.Cases that are pending in federal court will be handled by career prosecutors until new USA attorneys are named. It's fairly customary for the 93 US attorneys to leave their posts once a new president is in office, and many had already left or were making plans for their departures. "But it was handled in a way that was disrespectful to the USA attorneys because they were nearly treated as though they had done something wrong, when in fact they had not".
Durham assumed leadership of the office as Acting United States Attorney.
"Until the new U.S. Attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. Attorney's Offices will continue the great work of the Department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders", said Sarah Isgur Flores, Director of Public Affairs for the Department of Justice.
Transferring institutional knowledge in a short period of time is "extremely hard", he said. Assistant U.S. attorneys and other members of the professional staff are not considered political appointees and typically do not change with changes in administration.
RICHMOND, Va. - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is continuing to push his tough-on-crime agenda, this time to law enforcement officials in Virginia.