Matthew Schneider resigning as US lawyer in Detroit

Lawyer: Allegations against former police spokesman 'false'

DETROIT (AP) – The east Michigan attorney general said he will be leaving office on February 1 to join a law firm.

US attorney Matthew Schneider served for three years. Changes are common when a new president of another party is elected.

“Over the past three years, this team has overcome tremendous challenges, from the longest federal government shutdown in American history to a huge surge in violent crime, the biggest spike in riots since 1967, and a global pandemic,” Schneider said Thursday .

Schneider was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice and then nominated by President Donald Trump. Saima Mohsin becomes acting US attorney.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in eastern Michigan covers more than 30 counties from the tip of the Lower Peninsula to the Ohio border.

Schneider recently announced a deal with United Auto Workers to set up a monitor after a string of convictions for corruption in the union’s leadership positions.

He sharply criticized Trump this week for releasing former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prison years before the end of his 28-year sentence for corruption. Kilpatrick was convicted by the federal prosecutor in 2013.