Dana Boente

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Dana Boente
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General Counsel of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Assumed office
January 23, 2018
DirectorChristopher A. Wray
Preceded byJames Baker
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
In office
September 23, 2013 – January 28, 2018
Acting: September 23, 2013 – December 15, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byNeil MacBride
Succeeded byTracy McCormick (acting)
Acting United States Deputy Attorney General
In office
February 9, 2017 – April 25, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded bySally Yates
Succeeded byRod Rosenstein
Acting United States Attorney General
In office
January 30, 2017 – February 9, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded bySally Yates (acting)
Succeeded byJeff Sessions
Personal details
Born
Dana James Boente

(1954-02-07) February 7, 1954 (age 65)
Carlinville, Illinois, U.S.
EducationSaint Louis University (BS, MBA, JD)

Dana James Boente (/ˈbɛnt/ BEN-tay;[1] born February 7, 1954) is the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.[2] He also served as acting assistant attorney general for the National Security Division of the United States Department of Justice. On October 27, 2017, Boente announced he would resign from the Department of Justice after a successor is in place.[3] On January 23, 2018, Boente was named general counsel to the FBI by the director Christopher A. Wray, filling the vacancy after James Baker's reassignment to another part of the bureau.

Early life and education[edit]

Boente was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1954 to James and Doris Boente.[2] Boente received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1976 from Saint Louis University and his Masters of Business Administration in 1977. He then attended the Saint Louis University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1982.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1982, Boente began his career as a law clerk for Chief U.S. District Judge J. Waldo Ackerman for the Central District of Illinois. In 1984, he joined the Tax Division’s Criminal Section as part of the Attorney General's Honors Program. Boente became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Fraud Unit of the Eastern District of Virginia in 2001.

In December 2012, Boente was appointed by United States President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, a position he held until September 2013. He became the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia by virtue of the Vacancy Reform Act on September 23, 2013, and served in that position until December 15, 2015. In this role, he was involved in the sentencing of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. He stated that, "No one is above the law... not a high public official, not even the highest public official [in Virginia]."[4]

He was nominated by President Barack Obama on October 8, 2015, and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 15, 2015, as the 60th U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.[5] He was appointed by President Donald Trump as Acting Attorney General on January 30, 2017, after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was dismissed by Trump earlier that evening.[6] Previously, Trump had nominated Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on the nomination in early January and voted 11-9 in favor of the nomination on February 1, 2017[7] before being confirmed by the Senate on February 8, 2017.[8] Boente was one of the 46 United States Attorneys ordered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on March 10, 2017 to tender their resignation; Trump declined to accept his resignation.[9]

Boente was not in the line of succession of the Attorney General of the United States pursuant to Executive Order 13762 signed by President Barack Obama before leaving office. He was appointed by President Donald Trump as Acting Attorney General on January 30, 2017, after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was dismissed by Trump earlier that evening.[10][11] When Jeff Sessions was confirmed and sworn in as Attorney General on February 9, 2017, Boente became Acting Deputy Attorney General.[12][13] Also on February 9, 2017, Trump signed a new Executive Order; Executive Order 13775 to replace Obama's EO, an action which modified the order of succession to add Boente to the list.[14]

Sessions recused himself from all matters pertaining to American presidential campaigns because of revelations that he had communications with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 United States presidential election,[15][16] Boente was designated to perform the functions of the Attorney General with respect to campaign issues until the permanent deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, was confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn into office[17] which took place on April 25, 2017.

On October 27, 2017 Boente announced his intention to resign as U.S. Attorney and as acting assistant attorney general for the National Security Division; he said he would remain in the positions until a replacement is confirmed.[18][19]

On January 23, 2018, Boente was named general counsel to the FBI by the director Christopher Wray, filling the vacancy after James Baker's reassignment to another part of the bureau.[20]

On April 11, 2018, Rachel Maddow showed on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC notes from Boente where Boente documented his conversation with James Comey about Comey's experiences with Donald Trump. Maddow also showed a letter from Boente to the Department of Justice wherein Boente relays a request to other officials to preserve "Documents and Responsive Materials" about Trump's dismissal of James Comey as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Boente has lived in Northern Virginia for 29 years.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dana Boente: Who Is the New Acting Attorney General?". The New York Times. January 31, 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Meet the U.S. Attorney: Dana J. Boente". U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved February 1, 2016. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ Frank Green (October 27, 2017). "Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for Eastern District of Virginia, resigns". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "US attorney on McDonnell sentence: 'No one is above the law'". WTVR.com. January 6, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "Obama nominates Dana Boente for U.S. attorney in Virginia". Virginian-Pilot. October 9, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  6. ^ Lichtblau, Eric; Apuzzo, Matt; Landler, Mark (January 30, 2017). "Trump Fires Acting Attorney General". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Kim, Seung Min (February 1, 2017). "Sessions clears committee on party-line 11-9 vote". Politico. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  8. ^ CNN, Ashley Killough, Tom LoBianco and Ted Barrett. "Jeff Sessions confirmed to be the next attorney general". CNN. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  9. ^ Savage, Charlie; Haberman, Maggie (March 10, 2017). "Trump Abruptly Orders 46 Obama-Era Prosecutors to Resign". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Lichtblau, Eric; Apuzzo, Matt; Landler, Mark (January 30, 2017). "Trump Fires Acting Attorney General". The New York Times.
  11. ^ "Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Refuses to Enforce Trump Refugee EO". Lawfare Blog. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  12. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (February 8, 2017). "Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General, Capping Bitter Battle". The New York Times Company. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  13. ^ "Meet the Acting Deputy Attorney General | DAG | Department of Justice". www.justice.gov. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  14. ^ "Without fanfare, Trump reverses Obama order on Justice Department succession". USA Today. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  15. ^ Goldman, Matthew Rosenberg, Adam; Schmidt, Michael S. (March 1, 2017). "Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  16. ^ "Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose". Washington Post. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  17. ^ "Attorney General Sessions Statement on Recusal". www.justice.gov. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  18. ^ Delk, Josh (October 27, 2017). "Dana Boente resigns as federal prosecutor in Northern Virginia". The Hill. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  19. ^ "Top DOJ Official Dana Boente Resigns". Fox News. October 27, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  20. ^ https://www.facebook.com/sarihorwitz; http://www.facebook.com/matt.zapotosky. "FBI director, under pressure to make changes, is replacing Comey aides". Washington Post. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  21. ^ "Exclusive: DoJ letter shows scope of Mueller evidence collection". MSNBC. April 12, 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2018.

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Preceded by
Neil MacBride
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
2013–2018
Succeeded by
Tracy McCormick (Acting)
Preceded by
Sally Yates
Acting
United States Attorney General
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2017
Succeeded by
Jeff Sessions
Preceded by
Sally Yates
United States Deputy Attorney General
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2017
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