Trump-appointed U.S. lawyer for Nevada stepping down

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Trump-appointed U.S. attorney for Nevada stepping down

Miranda Alam / Special to the sun

US Attorney for Nevada Nicholas Trutanich in his office in the Justice Department building in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Miranda Alam / Special to the Sun.

The top Nevada federal prosecutor’s office resigns later this month.

U.S. attorney Nicholas Trutanich, appointed by former President Donald Trump in 2018, announced today his planned exit from the Justice Department. His term of office ends on February 28 at 12:00 noon.

The announcement follows reports that President Joe Biden’s administration has asked most of Trump-appointed prosecutors to resign so that he can make his own appointments.

Biden’s office has not publicly announced any changes.

“It has been the honor of your life to serve the Nevada District with our federal family, the dedicated officials in our office and our law enforcement partners,” Trutanich said in a statement. “The opportunity to serve here has been more than I could ever have imagined and I will know that the foundation is in place for the continued success of our office.”

Trutanich replaced incumbent US attorney Steven Myhre.

Trutanich was previously the first assistant attorney general and chief of staff of the Nevada Attorney General’s office. He was also the Assistant to the Department of Violence and Organized Crime for the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

Trutanich became the first U.S. attorney in Nevada in about 25 years to serve on the Attorney General’s advisory board and advise the Justice Department on political issues.