John W. Huber

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John Huber
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United States Attorney for the District of Utah
In office
June 15, 2015 – February 28, 2021
Preceded byDavid Barlow
Succeeded byAndrea T. Martinez (acting)
Personal details
Born1967/1968 (age 54–55)[1]
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Utah (BA, JD)

John W. Huber (born 1967) is an American lawyer who served as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah from June 2015 to February 2021. He was first nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in February 2015.[2] Huber offered his resignation in March 2017 at the request of the Trump administration.[3] However, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions subsequently appointed Huber as interim U.S. Attorney under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.[4] Huber was renominated by President Donald Trump in June 2017.[5] On August 3, 2017, he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to an additional four-year term as a U.S. Attorney.[6]

On February 8, 2021, he along with 55 other Trump-era attorneys were asked to resign.[7] He resigned on February 28, 2021.[8]

Education and legal career[edit]

Huber graduated with honors from the University of Utah in 1989. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah College of Law in 1995. Huber began his career in the Weber County, Utah Attorney's Office, later serving as the chief prosecutor for West Valley City, Utah. In 2002, he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office, and in 2005 he became an Assistant United States Attorney.[5][9] He has prosecuted firearms crimes, including the case of four people involved with firearms used in the 2007 Trolley Square shooting.[2] Huber was appointed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the FBI's surveillance of Carter Page and connections between the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, starting in November 2017.[10] After Huber closed the investigation in January 2020 without finding malfeasance, in June 2020 Trump tweeted that Huber had done "absolutely nothing" and was "a garbage disposal unit for important documents."[11]


  1. ^ "John W. Huber Sworn In As United States Attorney | USAO-UT | Department of Justice". June 15, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Romboy, Dennis (February 5, 2015). "Obama nominates John W. Huber as next U.S. attorney for Utah". Deseret News. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "John Huber, US Attorney for Utah, Offers Resignation". U.S. News & World Report. Associated Press. March 13, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Romboy, Dennis (June 12, 2017). "Trump nominates Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber to keep job". Deseret News. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces United States Attorney Candidate Nominations". June 12, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017 – via National Archives.
  6. ^ Burr, Thomas (August 3, 2017). "Senate confirms Huber as U.S. attorney for Utah, returning him to old job". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Balsamo, Michael (February 9, 2021). "Justice Dept. seeks resignations of Trump-era US attorneys". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  8. ^ "John Huber Leaves his Post as Longest-Serving United States Attorney in the Nation" (Press release). Salt Lake City, Utah: United States Attorney's Office. February 26, 2021. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  9. ^ Manson, Pamela (March 15, 2017). "Huber to stay as Utah's U.S. attorney during transition period". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  10. ^ Burr, Thomas; Manson, Pamela. "U.S. Attorney for Utah is investigating GOP-raised concerns about the FBI surveilling Trump aide and ignoring Clinton uranium ties". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Romboy, Dennis (June 4, 2020). "Trump calls Utah U.S. attorney 'garbage disposal unit' for ending Clinton probe". Deseret News.

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