Biden nominates Vanessa Avery to replace John Durham as US attorney

In February 2021, John Durham announced that he was stepping down from his role as U.S. attorney for Connecticut as he continued serving as special counsel investigating the origins of the infamous Trump–Russia collusion probe.

Now, nearly a year later, President Joe Biden has finally selected Durham’s replacement in the U.S. attorney role, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.

On Wednesday, the White House issued a press release announcing the nomination of Vanessa Avery and five other prospective United States attorneys, all of whom must be confirmed in the Senate before taking office.

“These individuals were chosen for 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 White House said.

Biden picks Durham’s replacement

According to the Examiner, Avery currently serves as chief of the Division of Enforcement and Public Protection at the Connecticut attorney general’s office.

Prior to being promoted to that role last year, Avery was appointed as a Connecticut assistant attorney general in 2019. If confirmed to the U.S. attorney role, she would the first Black woman to serve as the state’s chief federal prosecutor.

In a statement, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said Avery is “exceptionally qualified, incredibly hardworking, and an excellent choice” for the spot as U.S. attorney.

“In our work together, Vanessa always leads with integrity and a strong commitment to justice, and she insists on accountability and respect for the rule of law,” Tong added, according to Connecticut’s Fox 61.

Special counsel’s investigation continues

Meanwhile, the Examiner notes, Durham is still sitting at the head of the table as federal investigators seek to get to the bottom of the origins of a failed probe into whether former President Donald Trump “colluded” with the Kremlin.

USA Today first reported in the spring of 2019 that then-Attorney General William Barr had tasked Durham with looking into the probe’s origins.

Fox News revealed in December 2020 that Durham was being elevated to the status of special counsel.

During an interview with Fox News last November, Trump praised Durham for his decision to indict Igor Danchenko as part of his investigation. Danchenko is reportedly believed to be one source behind the now-discredited dossier, compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, that was integral to the allegations against the now-former president.

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