Following the statement, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., released the following statement on U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s resignation and personnel changes announced today by the Justice Department within the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana:
“I want to thank U.S. Attorney Jim Letten for his long career of service to the Eastern District and our state. While the recent revelations of wrongdoing within his office are indeed troubling, his record of rooting out public corruption is to be commended. I thank him for his 12 years of service as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana and wish him well in his future endeavors. He will continue to be an asset for our community.
“Today’s personnel changes within the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District are a necessary step toward maintaining public trust in an institution charged with fighting corruption and keeping the people of the Eastern District safe. I commend Attorney General Holder on naming Dana J. Boente – a well-respected 1st Assistant Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia – to the interim post, as well as his appointment of John A. Horn of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, who will be charged with getting to the bottom of the recent controversy within the office.
“In the coming weeks, after consultation with local leaders and members of the legal community, I will forward a short list of qualified individuals to Attorney General Holder and the White House for their consideration for our next U.S. Attorney. The people of the Eastern District expect and deserve an open and efficient process for determining their next U.S. Attorney, and I look forward to working with Attorney General Holder and the entire community to find the most qualified individual for the post.”
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