Washington Publish: DOJ watchdog investigating Atlanta US legal professional’s resignation

Washington Post: DOJ watchdog investigating Atlanta US attorney's resignation

The paper reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation was underway, finding that investigators had not spoken to Pak and the limits of the investigation remain unclear.

A spokesman for the inspector general’s office declined to comment when reached by CNN. Pak declined to comment on the Post.

Pak, a Trump agent who joined the office in 2017, abruptly resigned his position as a U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, which includes Atlanta and Fulton Counties, on Jan. 4. In a memo to employees, “unforeseen circumstances” were cited. Pak’s departure came after a phone call last weekend during which Trump pressured Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes to overthrow the state elections that he lost to President Joe Biden Trump, received from CNN and first reported by the Post, also makes unsubstantiated claims about the choice of state, and says Raffensperger at one point when questioning ballot scrutiny: “You have your never-trumper US there Lawyer “without mentioning a name. The comment seems to refer to Pak.

Trump, in turn, ordered a US attorney from South Georgia to take over the Atlanta office in an unusual move. The Justice Department said that U.S. attorney for the southern district of Georgia, Bobby Christine, who was also appointed by Trump and has been in office since 2017, will take over the helm in Atlanta, assuming both roles. The Atlanta office’s senior assistant attorney, Kurt Erskine, would normally have assumed the role of acting U.S. attorney but was passed over.

Two people familiar with the matter told the Post on Thursday that a call from a senior Justice Department official in Washington indicated Pak that he should resign. Trump was furious with what he viewed as the inadequate pursuit of his unfounded allegations regarding the election of Georgia and the nation as a whole, people familiar with the matter told the newspaper at the time.

As CNN previously reported, there have been no credible allegations of voting issues that impacted the election, such as dozens of judges, governors, electoral officials, the electoral college, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the US Supreme Court.

Alston & Bird law firm announced Thursday that Pak would return to the firm in February as a partner in the Litigation & Trial Practice Group in Atlanta. Pak was previously a litigator with Alston & Bird and started his private practice career there in 2000, according to a press release from the firm. In the Justice Department statement announcing his resignation earlier this month, Pak said he was grateful to Trump for the opportunity to serve and thank former Attorney General William Barr and Jeff Sessions.

“It has been the greatest honor of my career to serve my fellow citizens as a US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia,” he said. “I have done my best to be thoughtful and consistent and to bring justice to my fellow citizens in a fair, effective, and efficient manner.”

CNN’s Katelyn Polantz, Evan Perez, Chandelis Duster and Kelly Mena contributed to this report.