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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Monday, June 4, 2018

On the 500th Day of Trump Administration. AG Sessions Announces 311 New Asst. U.S. Attorney Positions

Western District of PA will receive 2 AUSA positions to focus on violent crime

PITTSBURGH, PA. – On the 500th day of the Trump Administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott W. Brady announced that the Department of Justice is taking a dramatic step to increase resources to combat violent crime, enforce our immigration laws, and attack the devastating opioid crisis.

In the largest personnel increase in decades, the Department of Justice is allocating 311 new Assistant United States Attorneys to assist in priority areas across the country. This includes 190 new violent crime prosecutors, 86 new civil enforcement prosecutors, and 35 additional immigration prosecutors. Many of the civil enforcement AUSAs will support the newly created Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force which targets the opioid crisis at every level of the distribution system.

"Under President Trump's strong leadership, the Department of Justice is going on offense against violent crime, illegal immigration, and the opioid crisis—and today we are sending in reinforcements," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "We have a saying in my office that a new federal prosecutor is 'the coin of the realm.' When we can eliminate wasteful spending, one of my first questions to my staff is if we can deploy more prosecutors to where they are needed. I have personally worked to re-purpose existing funds to support this critical mission, and as a former federal prosecutor myself, my expectations could not be higher. These exceptional and talented prosecutors are key leaders in our crime fighting partnership. This addition of new Assistant U.S. Attorney positions represents the largest increase in decades."

The Western District of Pennsylvania will receive two of the new prosecutors who will focus on violent crime.

U.S. Attorney Brady said, "The top priorities of General Sessions and our Office are reducing violent crime and combatting the opioid crisis. These two new prosecutors will be critical to this mission. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to take dangerous criminals off the streets. These additional resources will be crucial in fulfilling our responsibility to keep the citizens of western Pennsylvania safe."

Violent Crime
Updated June 4, 2018