Justice Department adding over 300 assistant US attorneys

Justice Department adding over 300 assistant US attorneys
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced it is adding approximately 300 assistant U.S. attorneys, referring to the hires as the "largest increase in decades."

The department said in a statement the move would "increase resources to combat violent crime, enforce our immigration laws, and help roll back the devastating opioid crisis." 

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The DOJ said it will add 190 violent crime prosecutors, 86 civil enforcement prosecutors and 35 immigration prosecutors. 

The department said that many of the civil enforcement assistant U.S. attorneys would help support the Trump administration's Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force. 

"These exceptional and talented prosecutors are key leaders in our crime-fighting partnership. This addition of new Assistant U.S. Attorney positions represents the largest increase in decades," Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsConservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ MORE said in a statement. 

The announcement comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE continues to attack the department for its role in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling. 

Trump revealed late last month that he regretted his decision to choose Sessions as attorney general. 

Sessions has been a target of the president's ire since he recused himself from the Russia probe in 2016.