President Donald J. Trump announced today the first wave of nominations that could fill the numerous vacancies left at the helm of United States Attorneys’ offices around the country including Richard W. Moore, who was selected to lead the Southern District of Alabama.
A U.S. Attorney serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer within his or her judicial district, and the list released Tuesday morning includes eight nominees including three for vacated positions in Alabama’s three judicial districts.
Those positions were vacated when Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave an order ousting 46 U.S. Attorneys appointed by former President Barack Obama in March. According to the White House, these new nominees “share the President’s vision for ‘Making America Safe Again.’”
Though nominations for U.S. Attorneys are typically not controversial, they do have to be confirmed by the Senate, which could take more time than usual as the Senate Intelligence Committee continues its ongoing probes into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.If confirmed, Moore will replace Acting U.S. Attorney Steve Butler, who has held the post since U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown was terminated March 13.
An Alabama native and graduate of Spring Hill College, Moore has spent the past 14 years as the Inspector General for the Tennessee Valley Authority, a position he was appointed to by President George W. Bush in 2003.
However, Moore previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District from 1985 to 2003 where he worked under Sessions for nearly a decade.
During that time, Mr. Moore prosecuted criminal cases related to white collar crimes and public corruption. He also served as chief of the criminal division, as senior litigation counsel, and as coordinator of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force.
Prior to that, he was in private practice in Mobile.
In the Middle District of Alabama, Trump has nominated Louis V. Franklin to take on the role of U.S. Attorney. Franklin, a 27-year-veteran of the middle district office, has served a number of roles including two stints as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1990 to 1996 and 1998 to 2001.
Also on Tuesday, Jay E. Town was announced as Trump’s pick to the Northern District of Alabama. If confirmed by the Senate, Town would have to leave his current position as a senior prosecutor in the Madison County District Attorney’s Office.