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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 SessionsBiden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden administration should resist 'slush-fund' settlements MORE said in a statement. 

The announcement comes as President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE continues to attack the department for its role in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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.