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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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Eric Strauss

Eric Strauss

Eric Strauss is the Managing Editor of NJBIZ. He has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as for a number of websites. You can contact him at erics@njbiz.com.

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Marie March 12, 2017 6:44 am

The NJ district has lived much corruption in their Justice department. Many innocent
persons have been nailed by these persons that are now asked to step down. The truth
must now prevail and the medias should not stop this. They should read and study more
what truly happened. One case that has particularly interested me is the case of
Major Paul Bergrin that everyone can read on the blog PAUL BERGRIN ON TRIAL. This man
is innocent and the whole case was entirely fabricated to lock up this man for life
so that others could be promoted in society. Please read on blog MAXIMUM HYPOCRISY.

DaphneD March 10, 2017 8:47 pm

Fire everyone who isn't a lapdog for BLOTUS. Forget about the Constitution, the rule of law and justice. Federal prosecutors should be appointed who just do the bidding of our ethically compromised, know-nothing, narcissistic, and egomaniacal leader. He may soon solidify his tyranical grip on power and I fear that it will be irreversible.

RU KIDDING March 11, 2017 3:01 pm

With all of the Attorney Generals that are replaced , will they all get PENSIONS ?