The District’s newest U.S. attorney could take office as early as next week.
The Senate confirmed Jessie K. Liu late Thursday as the city’s top prosecutor. Liu, who was nominated by President Trump in June, will take over the office held by Channing D. Phillips.
The U.S. attorney’s office in the District is the nation’s largest prosecutorial office and is unique. The office handles both local and federal cases, from street-level investigations in the District to high-level national security prosecutions and corruption cases against federal officials.
Liu, 44, is a former George W. Bush Justice Department deputy assistant attorney general who served on Trump’s Justice Department transition team, and as deputy general counsel at the Treasury Department.
Liu, a Yale Law School graduate, will be returning to the D.C. office where she worked as a prosecutor from 2002 to 2006, a period that overlapped with Phillips’s time as a front-line prosecutor.