BOSTON (AP) – The U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, the state’s top law enforcement officer, announced Wednesday that he would be stepping down later this month.
Andrew Lelling, who was appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017, said in a statement that he resigned from President Joe Biden earlier this week.
It is not uncommon for US attorneys to be replaced when a new president takes office. And a senior Justice Department official told The Associated Press on Monday that everyone Trump-appointed would be asked to resign.
Lelling began his Justice Department career in 2001 and has been based in Boston since 2005.
“It was an honor to lead this office,” he said in a statement. “For the past 15 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with not only the best federal attorneys in the country, but also the federal, state and local law enforcement officers who put themselves at risk to keep Massachusetts safe. My goal as a US attorney was to do this job without fear or outside influence and to make it clear that everyone – regardless of wealth, status, or position of authority – would be treated equally under the law. “