Trump-appointed attorney quits in Georgia

The top federal prosecutor in Atlanta has left his position, a day after an audio recording was made public in which President Donald Trump called him a “never-Trumper”.

Byung “BJay” Pak, who was appointed by Trump, announced his resignation as US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in a news release on Monday.

The statement did not say why Pak was leaving or what he plans to do next.

“It has been the greatest honour of my professional career to have been able to serve my fellow citizens as the US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia,” Pak said in the release.

“I have done my best to be thoughtful and consistent and to provide justice for my fellow citizens in a fair, effective and efficient manner.

“I am grateful to President Trump and the United States Senate for the opportunity to serve and to former attorneys-general Sessions and Barr for their leadership of the Department.”

Trump on Saturday had a phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, during which the president suggested the state’s top election official might find enough votes to reverse the outcome of the presidential race in the state in his favour.

A recording was obtained by news outlets.

During the roughly hour-long call, Trump advanced numerous false claims.

Referring to investigations into his baseless allegation of voter fraud, the president said, “You have your never-Trumper US attorney there.”

Pak was sworn in as US attorney in the Atlanta-based Northern District of Georgia in October 2017 after having been appointed by Trump.

Pak was a Republican state lawmaker from 2011 to 2017, had previously served as an assistant US attorney and was working in private practice when appointed.

In announcing Pak’s nomination, the White House said he and other nominees “share the president’s vision for ‘Making America Safe Again”.’

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