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Washington Post: DOJ watchdog investigating Atlanta US attorney's resignation

January 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak is seen following a news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Atlanta. Pak announced a 12-count indictment issued against reality television star Todd Chrisley on tax evasion and other charges. The filing against the "Chrisley Knows Best" star and his wife, Julie, also includes charges of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States. "Chrisley Knows Best" follows the tight-knit, boisterous family living in the Nashville, Tennessee area. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris)

The Justice Department inspector general is investigating the sudden departure of former Atlanta US Attorney Byung "BJay" Pak, who then-President Donald Trump replaced at the same time that Pak and the state of Georgia had become a focus for Trump in his attempt to overturn the state's certified presidential election results, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

(CNN)The Justice Department inspector general is investigating the sudden departure of former Atlanta US Attorney Byung "BJay" Pak, who then-President Donald Trump replaced at the same time that Pak and the state of Georgia had become a focus for Trump in his attempt to overturn the state's certified presidential election results, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Pak, a Trump appointee who had served in the office since 2017, left his job abruptly on January 4 as the US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, which includes Atlanta and Fulton County, citing "unforeseen circumstances" in a memo to staff.

In audio of the phone call obtained by CNN and first reported by the Post, Trump is also heard making baseless claims about the state's election and at one point, when questioning the audit of ballots, he tells Raffensperger, "You have your never-Trumper US attorney there," without mentioning a name.

The comment appears to reference Pak. Trump, in turn, ordered a US attorney from southern Georgia to take over the Atlanta office, in an unusual move.

The Justice Department said the Southern District of Georgia's US attorney, Bobby Christine, who is also a Trump appointee and has been in the job since 2017, would take over as acting head in Atlanta, handling both roles.

Two people familiar with the matter told the Post in Thursday's story that a call from a senior Justice Department official in Washington had indicated to Pak that he should resign.

In the statement from the Justice Department announcing his resignation early this month, Pak said he was grateful to Trump for the opportunity to serve and thanked former Attorneys General William Barr and Jeff Sessions.

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