Republican US Attorney Who Sparred With Philly DA Resigns
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William McSwain, who was appointed by President Donald Trump as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, will step down Jan. 22, leaving behind a…
The top federal prosecutor for Philadelphia and eastern Pennsylvania will leave office two days after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in later this month.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain, who was appointed to the job by President Donald Trump and took office in April 2018, will leave the post Jan. 22, he announced Thursday.

"I want to thank President Trump for appointing me as U.S. Attorney, Senators Toomey and Casey for recommending me for the position, and Attorneys General Barr and Sessions for leading the Department of Justice during my service," McSwain said in a statement. "My overriding focus as U.S. Attorney was on pursuing justice in order to protect the community. I gave this job all that I had – all day, every day. While we've had many significant accomplishments during my tenure, the credit for these successes belongs to the hardworking, dedicated professionals at the U.S. Attorney's Office and our law enforcement partners."

McSwain leaves the U.S. Attorney's office with two high-profile cases still pending: an ongoing fight against the Safehouse injection site in Philadelphia that he personally argued in court; and indictments against leaders of the city's most powerful union, IBEW Local 98, including longtime business manager John "Johnny…
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