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Statement by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on the Departure of David Hickton from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement on the planned departure of U.S. Attorney David Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania:

“For the last six years, U.S. Attorney David Hickton has served the people of the Western District of Pennsylvania – and all the American people – with fidelity, integrity and distinction.  Under David’s outstanding leadership, his office has been at the forefront of some of the Justice Department’s most consequential achievements of the last few years.  These include the indictment of five Chinese military hackers for committing cyber espionage, the dismantling of the Darkode hacking forum and the first human trafficking cases to be brought in the Western District of Pennsylvania.  In addition, David has been a tireless advocate of stronger community-police relations and he has been a crucial partner in the fight against the devastating heroin and prescription opioid epidemic.  There is no doubt that the United States is a stronger and safer place because of David’s many contributions.  I thank him for his distinguished service, and I wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

Updated December 11, 2017

Office and Personnel Updates
Press Release Number: 16-1322