FAIRFIELD, Conn. — After serving for over four years as U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Deirdre M. Daly of Fairfield announced her resignation effective midnight Friday.
“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as Connecticut’s United States Attorney,” Daly said. “I am extremely proud of the tremendous accomplishments of the women and men of this office. I applaud their tireless work holding our most violent offenders accountable and standing up to those who abuse their power and influence, whether in government or on Wall Street."
Daly, who was appointed by then-President Barack Obama, detailed the work of the office during her tenure.
"They have advocated for the most vulnerable, victims of child exploitation, human trafficking, drug overdose deaths, civil rights violations and investor fraud," Daly said. "Together, we have strengthened the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities, focused on the well-being of our police, supported formerly incarcerated individuals and collaborated with schools to combat the opioid epidemic. I am confident this important work will continue to thrive.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions signed an order appointing John H. Durham as the interim U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Durham was sworn in Friday by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven.
“The people of Connecticut will be in excellent hands with U.S. Attorney John Durham, and the 112 career employees in the office who dedicate themselves to always doing what is fair and right,” Daly said.
For much of his career, Durham, 67, has been a top deputy in the U.S. attorney’s office in New Haven, according to the Hartford Courant . He is expected to be named to the position permanently, according to the Courant.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is charged with enforcing federal criminal laws in Connecticut and representing the federal government in civil litigation. The Office comprises 66 assistant U.S. attorneys and 46 staff members at offices in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford.
Daly was initially asked by President Donald Trump to resign from her position back in March, when she was one of 46 U.S. attorneys fired across the country without warning by the new administration.
The decision was reversed, and Daly was allowed to remain on the job until this month so she could put in 20 years with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Daly was appointed by President Barack Obama and sworn in May 28, 2014.
She previously served as the U.S. attorney in an acting or interim capacity since May 14, 2013. From July 2010 to May 2013, Daly served as the first assistant U.S. attorney and had oversight of both the criminal and civil divisions.
From 1985 to 1997, Daly was an assistant U.S. attorney in the southern district of New York, where she prosecuted a wide range of cases from racketeering and murder to corruption and fraud. She later served as the assistant-in-charge of the White Plains office for three years.
After leaving the Justice Department, Daly was a partner at Daly & Pavlis, a Connecticut law firm. The practice focuses on corporate and commercial litigation, white-collar criminal investigations, SEC enforcement actions and corporate internal investigations and monitoring.
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