NEW YORK (AP) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his candidates to lead the high-level offices of the US attorney in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Biden picked Damian Williams for the top spot in New York’s Lower Manhattan neighborhood and Breon Peace to lead New York’s East Brooklyn neighborhood. Both men are black, and Williams would be the first black person to run the Manhattan office.
Both offices have been involved in investigations and prosecutions that have attracted attention. The U.S. Southern District Attorney’s 2018 oversaw the prosecution and subsequent guilty plea of Michael Cohen, once the personal lawyer for former President Donald Trump, on campaign funding violations and other charges.
In the Eastern District, the office is overseeing the investigation into Tom Barrack, the chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee in 2017, who pleaded not guilty accusations of secretly lobbying the United States on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.
Williams is currently head of the Securities and Commodities Task Force in the Southern District Office, where he oversees more than 20 prosecutors.
Peace worked in the Eastern District Office from 2000 to 2002, under the direction of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch when she was U.S. Attorney there.
Candidates must be confirmed by the Senate.
In addition, Biden announced choices for several other US attorney positions: Jessica Aber in the Eastern District of Virginia; Carla Freedman in the Northern District of New York; William Ihlenfeld in the Northern District of West Virginia; Christopher Kavanaugh in the Western District of Virginia; Darcie McElwee in the District of Maine and William Thompson in the Southern District of West Virginia.