Michael R. Sherwin

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Michael R. Sherwin
US Atty Michael R. Sherwin official portrait.jpg
Acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
Assumed office
May 2020
Preceded byTimothy Shea (acting)
Personal details
Born1971 or 1972 (age 48–49)[1]
EducationOhio State University (B.A.)
University of Notre Dame (J.D.)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1999–2004
Battles/warsOperation Southern Watch
Operation Northern Watch
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
AwardsJoint Service Commendation Medal with Oak leaf cluster

Michael R. Sherwin is a prosecutor who is the interim United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, leading the country's largest U.S. attorney's office.[1][2]

Education[edit]

Sherwin earned his B.A. at Ohio State University and his J.D. at the University of Notre Dame.[3]

Legal career[edit]

Sherwin served as a naval intelligence officer from 1999 to 2004, participating in Operation Southern Watch, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.[3] He also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.[3] He specializes in national security cases and has been a national security adviser to the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen.[1][4]

In September 2019, Sherwin won the conviction of a Chinese woman, Yujing Zhang, who trespassed at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida.[1][5][6]

Sherwin investigated a deadly December 2019 shooting at a naval air station in Pensacola, Florida. During the investigation he met and impressed Attorney General William Barr, officials told The Washington Post.[1]

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia[edit]

Justice Department leaders including Barr asked Sherwin to become the deputy of Timothy Shea at the District of Columbia office in 2020.[4]

Sherwin was named interim U.S. Attorney in May 2020 when Shea, after three months as U.S. Attorney, was appointed to lead the Drug Enforcement Administration. Trump nominated Justin Herdman to be Shea's permanent successor.[1]

Some high-profile investigations the U.S. Attorney's office handles are related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.[2]

Michael Flynn case[edit]

In May 2020, Barr moved to dismiss the guilty plea of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.[1] Flynn had pled guilty to charges of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations in 2016 with Russia's ambassador.[7] Sherwin approved the decision to give to Flynn's defense team internal FBI records that the government cited in its dismissal motion, an official told The Washington Post.[1]

Other cases[edit]

On May 28, 2020, Sherwin announced the indictment of 28 North Korean and five Chinese citizens charged with laundering more than $2.5 billion in illegal payments for North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile program.[8][9]

In summer 2020, Sherwin closed an investigation into whether a state-owned Egyptian bank financed a $10 million loan by Trump to his campaign in days shortly before the 2016 election.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Hsu, Spencer S.; Alexander, Keith L. (May 18, 2020). "Barr-installed top DOJ aide, prosecutor of Trump's Mar-a-Lago trespasser, to serve as acting U.S. attorney in Washington". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on June 6, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b O'Reilly, Andrew (January 30, 2020). "Barr taps Timothy Shea to serve as top prosecutor in DC". Fox News. Archived from the original on May 31, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Meet the U.S. Attorney". United States Department of Justice. Archived from the original on June 30, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Benner, Katie (May 21, 2020). "Justice Dept. Unit That Prosecuted Roger Stone Is Reorganized". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on June 7, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  5. ^ Barrett, Devlin (September 11, 2019). "Chinese woman who bypassed security at Trump's Mar-a-Lago is convicted of lying, trespassing". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on June 8, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  6. ^ Madigan, Nick; Robles, Frances (September 11, 2019). "Chinese Businesswoman Found Guilty of Trespassing at Mar-a-Lago". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on November 12, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  7. ^ Goldman, Adam; Benner, Katie (May 7, 2020). "U.S. Drops Michael Flynn Case, in Move Backed by Trump". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on June 5, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  8. ^ Hsu, Spencer S. (May 28, 2020). "U.S. brings massive N. Korean sanctions case, targeting state-owned bank and former government officials". Washington Post. Archived from the original on June 7, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  9. ^ Benner, Katie (May 28, 2020). "North Koreans Accused of Laundering $2.5 Billion for Nuclear Program". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on June 7, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  10. ^ Katelyn Polantz, Evan Perez and Jeremy Herb. "Exclusive: Feds chased suspected foreign link to Trump's 2016 campaign cash for three years". CNN. Archived from the original on October 16, 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2020.

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