Oregon US Attorney Says Sessions' Resignation Request Doesn't Affect Him

Mar 10, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is seeking the resignations of 46 United States attorneys who were appointed during President Obama’s administration. But Oregon's top prosecutor says that does not affect him.

In a statement Friday, the Justice Department said the request was similar to ones made in past presidential transitions.

Oregon’s U.S. attorney, Billy Williams, says he was appointed by an Oregon court to the post, then confirmed by former US Attorney Loretta Lynch. So technically speaking, he is not an Obama appointee.

"It doesn’t include me. I’m appointed by the court here in the district of Oregon, and I’m not presidentially appointed," Williams said. 

Williams’ predecessor, Amanda Marshall, was appointed by Obama prior to her resignation in 2015.

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