Justice Department to Investigate Atlanta U.S. Attorney

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According to the Washington Post, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General is now in the beginning stages of a probe into the abrupt resignation of Georgia’s U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak.

The announcement of Pak’s resignation on January 4th, 2021 was initially announced on the Justice Department’s official website, paired with a statement from Pak himself. In his statement Pak reflected on almost a decade of service and wrote, “It has been the greatest honor of my professional career to have been able to serve my fellow citizens as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.  I have done my best to be thoughtful and consistent, and to provide justice for my fellow citizens in a fair, effective and efficient manner.  I am grateful to President Trump and the United States Senate for the opportunity to serve, and to former Attorneys General Sessions and Barr for their leadership of the Department.”

Pak was the first Korean-American to serve as a U.S. Attorney, and was appointed by Former-President Trump in 2017. Prior to being appointed to his position, Pak had served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia since 2002. As U.S. Attorney, Pak oversaw many achievements in the three divisions of  the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. Such achievements can be found here

In his three years as U.S. Attorney Pak also served on a variety of national committees. Some committee positions include Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Vice Chair of the Committee on Management, People, and Performance. 

Pak himself had not shown any previous signs of leaving his post until after the now-infamous call Former-President Trump had with Georgia’s Secretary of State. Following the call, in which Trump referenced Pak as a “never-Trumper U.S. Attorney”, the Washington Post claims that Pak was encouraged to resign by a senior Justice Department official. Soon after his resignation Pak was replaced with Bobby Christine, a prosecutor from Georgia’s Southern District.

It is not yet clear the depth with which the probe is to be carried out, and the Justice Department has yet to speak to Pak himself.