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Special counsel investigating Russia probe to retire as US attorney

John DurhamJohn DurhamGarland stresses independence in first speech at DOJ Senate votes to confirm Garland as attorney general Special counsel investigating Russia probe to retire as US attorney MORE, the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, is resigning his post effective midnight Sunday, the Justice Department announced Friday.

Durham, a Trump appointee, is also overseeing a special counsel probe into the start of the investigation into former President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns MORE’s alleged ties to Russia and is expected to stay on in that role. His resignation as U.S. attorney was expected.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding his status as special counsel. The department's website was later updated to say Durham's office will be located in Washington, D.C., another indication he will stay on as special counsel.

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“My career has been as fulfilling as I could ever have imagined when I graduated from law school way back in 1975,” Durham said in a statement. “Much of that fulfillment has come from all the people with whom I’ve been blessed to share this workplace, and in our partner law enforcement agencies. My love and respect for this Office and the vitally important work done here have never diminished.”

His resignation as U.S. attorney is part of the Biden administration’s process of replacing U.S. attorneys appointed by the Trump administration, a turnover that is common at the start of a new administration. 

Durham was first appointed to his post by Trump in 2018. Prior to becoming the U.S. attorney, Durham served as an assistant U.S. attorney in various capacities in the District of Connecticut for 35 years.

He will be replaced in an acting capacity by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Leonard Boyle.

“The Office will be in the extraordinarily capable hands of Len and our superb supervisory team who, together, guarantee that the proper administration of justice will continue uninterrupted in our District,” said Durham.