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Dana Boente resigns as federal prosecutor in northern Virginia

Dana Boente resigns as federal prosecutor in northern Virginia”

Dana Boente has submitted his resignation as federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Virginia, his spokesman tells the News4 I-Team.

He plans to serve until a successor is confirmed.

Later in April, he was tapped to serve as the interim head of the national security division - a post that oversees DOJ's work on counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyberthreat work, including the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed.

Boente, a career prosecutor who has served as acting USA attorney general, announced his plans Friday in an email to staff.

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

Virginia's Eastern District encompasses much of the D.C. metropolitan area and both the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency, putting a number of security and terrorism-related cases under Boente's jurisdiction, similar to those handled by the national security post at the Justice Department.

The Eastern District is among the most powerful in the country and has a staff of about 300 with offices in Alexandria, Norfolk, Newport News and Richmond. The Eastern District is home to the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon, and its prosecutors often handle terrorism cases. Bob McDonnell, a Republican whose conviction was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court, and former congressman William Jefferson, D-La., whose conviction was partially overturned after that ruling.



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