DOJ civil division's leader resigning 

DOJ civil division's leader resigning 
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Joseph Hunt, the head of the civil division of the Department of Justice, announced his resignation Tuesday, according to a staff memo obtained by several media outlets.

Hunt's resignation marks the third departure from the Justice Department in the past week. 

Hunt was previously chief of staff to former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign MORE, and it is unclear why he stepped down from his post. 


The news of the official's departure comes after he signed on to a lawsuit Monday suing President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE's former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonEx-Trump adviser, impeachment witness Fiona Hill gets book deal Hannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon Congress has a shot at correcting Trump's central mistake on cybersecurity MORE over the scheduled publication of his book. He is reportedly scheduled to leave his post on July 3. 

The lawsuit alleges that Bolton’s book is "rife with classified information." 

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Hill about Hunt's resignation. 

As head of the civil division, Hunt has defended several of the administration’s policy decisions in court, including the president’s push to include a citizenship question on the census and its decision to no longer defend the Affordable Care Act in court.

The division has also defended Trump in lawsuits brought against the president alleging that his personal businesses have illegally profited from his time in office. 

According to the department's website, each year, the civil division "represents the United States and its agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet Officers, and other federal employees in tens of thousands of cases. In total, the Civil Division litigates matters on behalf of over 100 different federal agencies.”

Hunt's resignation follows that of Brian Benczkowski, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, and Solicitor General Noel Fransisco, both of whom are poised to exit the department in the next two months.