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Trump Expected To Replace Fairfield's Daly As U.S. Attorney In Connecticut

U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly will likely be replaced by the Trump administration, insiders say.
U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly will likely be replaced by the Trump administration, insiders say. Photo Credit: Department of Justice website

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — With President-Elect Donald Trump expected to name a new U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, the guessing game has begun for a replacement for Deirdre M. Daly, a Fairfield resident, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Daly was appointed by President Barack Obama in May 2014. All political appointees — including U.S. attorneys — can be replaced by the incoming Trump administration.

Some of the speculation focuses on two former U.S. Attorneys in Connecticut, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune: Nora R. Dannehy, a Democrat who served from 2008 to 2010, and Kevin J. O'Connor, who served from 2002 to 2008 and who also was tapped by Trump as a top adviser in naming the replacement for Daly.

Other names mentioned to the Connecticut Law Tribune included Steve Bonafonte, a Trump supporter and delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention; Justin Clark, an attorney who was active in Trump's campaign in Connecticut;  and Martha Dean, a favorite of Tea Party activists when she ran for governor in 2014.

Daly was appointed by President Barack Obama and sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut on May 28, 2014.

She had 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 and later served as the Assistant-In-Charge of White Plains Office for three years.

After leaving the Justice Department, Daly was a partner at Daly & Pavlis, a Connecticut law firm with a practice focused on corporate and commercial litigation, white-collar criminal investigations, SEC enforcement actions and corporate internal investigations and monitoring.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut is charged with enforcing federal criminal laws in Connecticut, and with representing the federal government in civil litigation in the district. The office employs about 60 assistant U.S. attorneys and 50 staff members at offices in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport.

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