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Fishman to resign as U.S. Attorney at Trump's request

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Paul Fishman was asked to resign as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
Paul Fishman was asked to resign as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. - ()

Paul Fishman, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, will resign at the request of President Donald Trump, he announced Friday.

According to multiple media reports, Fishman is one of 46 U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama who were asked Friday to step down.

“This afternoon, the president requested my resignation, along with the remaining presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys across the country, effective at midnight tonight,” Fishman’s statement said. “It has been the greatest professional experience that I can possibly imagine to have served in this office for the past seven-and-a-half years. Having spent so much of my career working to protect the interests of the people of New Jersey, I can think of no greater form of public service.”

According to an NJ Advance Media report, generally, a new presidential administration turns over a large number of these prosecutors. Of the 94 U.S. Attorneys nationwide, 47 had already resigned, it added.

However, there were some hard feelings over the latest action, according to a CNN report, which said the Justice Department announced what amounted to firings on Friday before some of the prosecutors had even been notified.

Fishman became the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey in 2009. He essentially succeeded Chris Christie after Christie ran for governor.

NJ Advance Media said Fishman’s first assistant U.S. Attorney, William Fitzpatrick, would be in line to serve as acting U.S. Attorney until Trump appoints a permanent replacement.

Fishman was a perennial member of the NJBIZ Power 100 list, ranking 3rd in 2016 and 50th in 2017.

"Some (insiders) say he shouldn’t be on the list at all, as he could be removed from this job as U.S. attorney at any time by the new president," the 2017 list pointed out.

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