U.S. Attorney For Guam, CNMI Among 46 Asked To Resign By President Trump

Limtiaco steps down; Governor Calvo, after consulation with Governor Torres, to recommend replacement

By Jerick Sablan

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, March 13, 2017) – U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco has resigned as U.S. Attorney for the District of Guam and the District of the Northern Mariana Islands. She is one of 46 U.S. attorneys asked to resign by the Trump administration.

In a statement, Limtiaco said she resigned at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. First Assistant/Criminal Chief Shawn N. Anderson will serve as acting U.S. Attorney for both districts, according to the statement.

Many of the federal prosecutors who were nominated by former President Barack Obama have already left their positions, but the nearly four dozen who stayed on in the first weeks of the Trump administration have been asked to leave "in order to ensure a uniform transition," Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said.

This year marks Limtiaco’s seventh as U.S. Attorney, as she was confirmed by the Senate in April 2010.

Limtiaco succeeded former U.S. attorney and former Guam Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush.

“It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve the people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands for the last seven years as United States attorney, and to work alongside our law enforcement partners and community stakeholders in our enforcement and crime prevention efforts. I am sincerely appreciative to the staff of the United States Attorney’s Office for their commitment, hard work and perseverance, and I am extremely proud of the accomplishments and efforts of our Guam and CNMI staff in serving and keeping our communities safe,” Limtiaco said in the statement.

Not surprising

Rapadas said the transition between new U.S. attorneys depends on each administration.

The recommendation for a new U.S. attorney would come from the governor, since he’s the highest ranked Republican on Guam, Rapadas said. The governor’s office has previously said it will also work with Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph Torres on a recommendation.

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