US Attorney for Nebraska resigns at request of Biden administration

Joe Kelly, Pete Ricketts
Posted at 5:26 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 18:26:30-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Wednesday, United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska Joseph P. Kelly submitted his resignation after being asked to do so by President Joe Biden and the Department of Justice.

The Department of Justice and Biden asked for "the resignations of all U.S. Attorney’s by the end of February, announcing they were beginning the process of replacing the political appointees with those of the new administration," said Kelly's office.

The practice of replacing presidentially-appointed prosecutors is a typical practice following the election of a new commander in chief.

Kelly's resignation will be effective on Feb. 28, 2021. Until a replacement is announced and approved by Senate, the Department of Justice will appoint another United States Attorney to fill in.

Kelly served more than three years as the top federal prosecutor in the state of Nebraska. He was appointed by former President Donald Trump.

“The employees in the United States Attorney’s Office for Nebraska work with their federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners to protect the residents of Nebraska. The office has a long tradition of successfully prosecuting violent criminals, on-line child predators, human traffickers and fraudsters who target our vulnerable adults,” said Kelly. “It has been a pleasure to work with the staff in the office and other members of the federal court system.”

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