Biden taps Damian Williams as US attorney for Manhattan

Biden taps Damian Williams as US attorney for Manhattan
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President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE on Tuesday officially named Damian Williams as his pick for the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, setting the lawyer on track to potentially becoming the first Black man to lead the Manhattan prosecutor’s office. 

The White House in its statement also outlined seven other nominees for key U.S. attorney’s offices. 

Williams, who had been considered a front-runner for the position since he was recommended to Biden in March by Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocratic frustration with Sinema rises Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race Guns Down America's leader says Biden 'has simply not done enough' on gun control MORE (D-N.Y.), has served as chief of the Manhattan office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force since 2018. 

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Beyond his historic nomination, Williams would also oversee the office that has handled some of the most high-profile cases in recent years, including several investigations into former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE and those close to him.

Williams throughout his career has prosecuted a number of notable cases, including against New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was sentenced to 78 months in prison in July after being convicted on corruption charges twice.

The attorney also oversaw the case against former Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsBiden taps Damian Williams as US attorney for Manhattan New York lt. gov. says she is 'prepared to lead' following Cuomo resignation Outrage grows as Justice seeks to contain subpoena fallout MORE (R-N.Y.), who was sentenced to two years in prison in January 2020 for insider trading.

Biden on Tuesday also announced the nominations of Breon Peace for the U.S. attorney for Brooklyn and Jessica Aber as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. 

The other nominees include Carla Freedman for the Northern District of New York, William Ihlenfeld II as the Northern District of West Virginia’s attorney and Christopher Kavanaugh for the Western District of Virginia. 

Darcie McElwee has been picked to serve as the U.S. attorney for the District of Maine, and William Thompson for the Southern District of West Virginia. 

All of the nominations are subject to official approval by the Senate. 

Biden said in a statement that his picks were selected based on “their devotion to enforcing the law, their professionalism, their experience and credentials in this field, their dedication to pursuing equal justice for all, and their commitment to the independence of the Department of Justice.” 

The president also cited his ongoing efforts to address the surge in gun violence in the past year, including by supporting community prevention programs and launching firearms trafficking strike forces in several cities across the country to limit the sale and distribution of guns.