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Richard Donoghue sheds ‘interim’ tag as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York

May 4, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Richard P. Donoghue was sworn in as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Friday by Chief Judge Dora L. Irizarry after his appointment by the Court. Criminal Division Chief Seth DuCharme holds the Bible. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Attorney for the EDNY

Chief Judge Dora L. Irizarry, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, announced on Thursday that the interim U.S. Attorney for the EDNY is now officially the district’s U.S. attorney.

Effective on Saturday, May 5, the district’s chief judge and judges of the have appointed Donoghue as the U.S. attorney during a ceremony that was held on Friday at the courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn. 

“Chief Judge Dora L. Irizarry has notified me that the court … has appointed me to serve as the U.S. attorney for the [Eastern District of New York],” Donoghue said in a statement. “I am deeply grateful to the court for the opportunity to continue to serve as the U.S. attorney.

“I am equally grateful to the women and men of the Eastern District who have created and maintained a tradition of honor, integrity and excellence,” he continued. “Together, we will pursue justice, protect the people of this great nation and be faithful to the rule of law.”

Donoghue was previously appointed the “interim” U.S. attorney by Attorney General Jeff Sessions effective Jan. 5. That temporary appointment was only set to last 120 days and was about to expire. 

Donoghue still needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, but this move allows him to shed the “interim” title until the Senate votes on the nomination.

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