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Trump's Pick For Atlanta U.S. Attorney Could Shape Office

Jul 24, 2017

President Trump wants former state Rep. B.J. Pak to head the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Georgia.

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Pak should be familiar with the office. He spent six years as assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District.

According to WABE legal analyst Page Pate, Pak's biggest impact in the new role could be in hiring.

“Who he decides to put in the leadership positions in the office, supervisors, criminal chief, first assistance,” Pate said, “because those people can have a profound effect on how cases are handled day to day."

Pate said, U.S. Attorney positions are political ones and their agendas are typically dictated by Washington.

As an example, he pointed to Attorney General Jeff Session’s recent request that federal prosecutors seek the most severe penalty in drug cases.

The current U.S. Attorney for the district, John Horn, has served since 2015. He was appointed by federal judges.

The U.S. Senate must confirm Pak's nomination.