Stephen Boyd (attorney)

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Stephen Boyd
Stephen E. Boyd official photo.jpg
United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs
Assumed office
September 5, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byPeter Kadzik
Personal details
Born1979 (age 39–40)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Brecke Latham (m. 2016)
EducationUniversity of Alabama (BA, JD)
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Stephen Elliott Boyd (born 1979) is an American lawyer who currently serves as the United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs.

Career[edit]

Boyd graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts and the University of Alabama School of Law with a Juris Doctor. He served as the communications director for Jeff Sessions when Sessions was serving as a U.S. Senator. Boyd was also chief of staff to Representative Martha Roby.[1] On April 25, 2017, Boyd was nominated by President Donald Trump for the position of Assistant Attorney General.[2][3] He was confirmed to this position by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017.[4]

United States Assistant Attorney General[edit]

Nunes memo[edit]

Following the planned release of a classified memo by Republican staffers regarding FISA warrants during the 2016 election, also dubbed the Nunes memo, Boyd wrote a letter writing that it would be "extraordinarily reckless" to release the memo. In his letter, Boyd also asked "why the Committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the intelligence community" and went on to mention that the Justice Department was "currently unaware of any wrongdoing relating to the FISA process," but that such allegations would be taken seriously, writing "we agree that any abuse of that system cannot be tolerated." [5] President Donald Trump was reportedly furious following Boyd's letter. [6] According to Bloomberg, President Donald Trump viewed Boyd's letter as "another example of the department undermining him and blocking GOP efforts to expose the political motives behind special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe" [7] and "intensified Trump’s concern that his own department is undercutting him" [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Laporta, Jordan (April 26, 2017). "Trump nominates another Alabamian for a leading role in the Justice Department". Yellowhammer News. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Koplowitz, Howard (April 25, 2017). "Donald Trump nominates Roby's former chief of staff for assistant attorney general". The Birmingham News. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Lauten, Elizabeth (April 25, 2017). "Martha Roby's former Chief of Staff nominated Assistant Attorney General". Alabama Today. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Tracking how many key positions Trump has filled so far". Washington Post. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Justice Dept.: 'Reckless' to release Nunes memo without review". CNN. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Trump furious over DOJ guidance against releasing Nunes memo: report". The Hill. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Law and Order Party Has Turned on the Law and Order Agencies". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "On Flight to Davos, Trump Erupted Over DOJ Role in Russia Probe". Bloomberg. Retrieved January 29, 2018.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Peter Joseph Kadzik
United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs
2017–present
Incumbent