A Trump appointed US Attorney in Georgia resigned unexpectedly Monday, citing “unforeseen circumstances,” reported Talking Point Memo in an exclusive report.
U.S. Attorney Byung “BJay” Pak left his post as US Attorney in Atlanta. He had previously said he would stay on until inauguration day on January 20. Traditionally, US Attorneys General serve under the president and a new administration is expected to appoint its own AGs.
Pak was the first Korean American ever to hold a post as US Attorney, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
On Sunday, a tape recording surfaced of a conversation between president Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Trump urged Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn the results of the Presidential election in Georgia. He also referred to a “never-Trumper U.S. attorney there.”
In a memo obtained by TPM, Pak wrote “I have done my best to be thoughtful and consistent, and to provide justice for my fellow citizens in a fair, effective and efficient manner. I am grateful to President Trump and the United States Senate for the opportunity to serve, and to former Attorneys General (Jeff) Sessions and (William) Barr for their leadership of the department.”
On Tuesday, Trump appointed Bobby Christine to replace Pak. The appointment bypasses the second in command in Georgia, Kurt Erskine, according to Politico.
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