David DeVillers, the US attorney whose office led the prosecution of former Ohio House spokesman Larry Householder, will soon be replaced, Senator Sherrod Brown confirmed Thursday.
DeVillers was appointed to the position by President Donald Trump and confirmed by a Republican-led Senate in 2019. Brown told reporters that both positions of US attorney in Ohio would be replaced by Democrats who would regain control of the White House and the US Senate.
The US attorney for the Northern District of Ohio resigned earlier this month. According to Brown’s office, DeVillers will remain in place until a successor is appointed and confirmed.
While it is common for presidents to replace federal prosecutors when they take office, some have urged the Biden administration to keep DeVillers in his post.
“Each president is entitled to their own team of federal attorneys, with the approval of the Senate,” wrote Mark Weaver, former assistant attorney general of Ohio, in a guest column for Columbus Dispatch last month. “However, as Ohioans know, DeVillers is making aggressive and much-needed efforts to stem the tide of harmful public corruption that is shaking confidence in the government.”
Brown published an appeal for applicants for the US attorney position. The website says he will “work to recommend candidates to the Biden Administration”.
DeVillers became the face of prosecutors when he appeared at a press conference to bring charges against the spokesman and four of his political activists. The five were arrested on July 21 under an alleged $ 61 million bribery program to pass a $ 1.3 billion bailout in 2019 that DeVillers calls “possibly the largest bribery and money laundering system of all time in the state of Ohio “.
Two of the defendants have since pleaded guilty, while the others (including Householder) have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
More recently, DeVillers pledged justice to anyone in the southern Ohio District who committed crimes during the attempted insurrection in the U.S. Capitol:
Make no mistake … Federal crimes were committed in the main building of our nation today. Anyone who has traveled from the Southern District of Ohio to commit such crimes will be prosecuted in the Southern District of Ohio.
– David DeVillers (@USAttyDeVillers) January 6, 2021
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