MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Andrew Luger, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, has resigned from his post after Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignations of 46 U.S. attorneys who had been appointed under previous presidents.
In a statement, Luger called his service as an United States Attorney "the most fulfilling and rewarding experience of my professional life."
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.
"Until the new U.S. attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. attorney's offices will continue the great work of the department in investigating, prosecuting and deterring the most violent offenders," she said in a statement.
Former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger served in the post twice under both Bush administrations. He understands what Luger is going through. He was forced out during a mass reshuffling in 1993 when President Bill Clinton took office.
"I think the Department of Justice functions better when there's a smooth handover from one presidential appointee to another," said Heffelfinger.
Heffelfinger, who is now in private practice with the Best and Flanagan firm says Luger made quite an impact in his three years in the office. One of the highlights of his tenure was the plea deal he oversaw in the Jacob Wetterling case that helped solve the abduction that had vexed authorities for two decades.
"The Wetterling case is a great example, because it represents how Andy's experience as a prosecutor as defense lawyer allowed him to find a way to find a solution in that matter,” he said.
Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted in support of Luger, saying he should be re-nominated for the position.