Attorney General Jeff Sessions is seeking the resignations of 46 U.S. attorneys who were appointed during President Obama’s administration.
But Oregon’s top prosecutor says that does not affect him.
“It doesn’t include me,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. attorney for Oregon. “I’m appointed by the court here in the district of Oregon, and I’m not presidentially appointed.”
The U.S. Department of Justice says the request is similar to those made in previous presidential transitions. Williams says he was appointed by an Oregon court to the post.
“Whenever a presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney steps down, until there is another appointed by the presidency, the Vacancy Reform Act comes into play and designates periods of time and who has the authority to designate,” Williams said. “I was appointed as the United States attorney by the chief judge in the district of Oregon about a year ago.”
He was later formally appointed by then-U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in December 2015.
Williams’ predecessor, Amanda Marshall, was appointed by Obama but resigned in 2015.