WASHINGTON (AP) – Channing Phillips, a Justice Department official under the Obama administration, will return as acting U.S. lawyer in the nation’s capital, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press on Tuesday .
Phillips will assume the role on Wednesday of leading the nation’s largest U.S. attorney’s office, which has historically been responsible for some of the most important and politically sensitive cases the Department of Justice brings to the United States.
In recent weeks, prosecutors in the office have brought nearly 300 federal cases in the wake of the U.S. Capitol uprising on January 6. Hundreds of other people are still wanted by investigators.
The office has been involved in some of the most tumultuous and controversial decisions made by the Justice Department under President Donald Trump, including a decision by then Attorney General William Barr to overturn prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation. career in the case against Trump’s ally, Roger Stone.
Outgoing interim US prosecutor Michael Sherwin will remain in Washington for a “brief period” to help ensure a smooth transition overseeing the riot investigation and prosecution, the Justice Department official said. Sherwin, who worked for years as a career federal prosecutor on drug trafficking, white collar workers and top national level security case, will later return to the US attorney’s office in South Florida, the official said.
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