Insisting that the federal government should return to a Nancy Reagan-style, 1980s anti-drug campaign - "educating people and telling them the awful truth" about controlled substances - Sessions conflated the nation's opioid addiction and overdose crisis, which now claims 140 lives a day, with marijuana, a drug he said will "destroy your life". "That's no surprise. One-size-fits-all federal programs don't work, even in criminal justice". Last week, he urged the nation's federal prosecutors to devote more resources to prosecuting the worst offenders, lamenting a rise in murders as federal prosecutions declined. US attorney for the Western District John Vaudreuil submitted his resignation yesterday after Sessions called for him and 45 other federal prosecutors to hand in their resignations.
Fellow Obama appointee Sandy Coats served as US attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, based in Oklahoma City, until January 2016 when he resigned to accept a position with Oklahoma City's Crowe & Dunlevy law firm where he is co-chair of the firm's criminal defense, compliance & investigations practice group.
Both attorneys were appointed by President Obama.
Durham moves into the acting USA attorney seat after joining the office in 2002 and serving as the first assistant US attorney since January 2010.
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U.S. attorneys Deirdre Daly of the District of CT and Richard Hartunian of the Northern District of NY have both worked in the U.S. Department of Justice in various capacities for over 19 years, and are just a few months away from reaching the 20-year threshold necessary for certain federal benefits. The district covers 32 counties, including Central New York. Durham previously served as the first assistant USA attorney under Tarver.
"All of these USA attorneys know they serve at the pleasure of the president". "It's very disappointing that this DOJ and this Attorney General is so anti-science and anti-evidence and anti-facts".
"The attorney general did not mention on that call, 'Stay tuned for changes, '" Neronha said.