Dana Boente

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Dana Boente
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United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
Assumed office
September 23, 2013
Acting: September 23, 2013 – December 15, 2015
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Neil MacBride
United States Attorney General
Acting
In office
January 30, 2017 – February 9, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Sally Yates (Acting)
Succeeded by Jeff Sessions
United States Deputy Attorney General
Acting
In office
February 9, 2017 – April 25, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Sally Yates
Succeeded by Rod Rosenstein
Personal details
Born Dana James Boente
(1954-02-07) February 7, 1954 (age 64)
Carlinville, Illinois, U.S.
Education St. Louis University (BS, MBA, JD)

Dana James Boente (/ˈbɛnt/ BEN-tay; born February 7, 1954) is the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.[1]

Boente was second in the line of succession of the Attorney General of the United States pursuant to an Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama before leaving office. He was appointed by President Donald Trump as Acting Attorney General on January 30, 2017, after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was dismissed by Trump earlier that evening.[2][3] When Jeff Sessions was confirmed and sworn in as Attorney General on February 9, 2017, Boente became Acting Deputy Attorney General.[4][5] Also on February 9, 2017, Trump signed a new Executive Order to replace Obama's EO, an action which modified the order of succession to remove Boente from the list.[6]

As per the recusal of Sessions on all matters pertaining to American presidential campaigns given revelations of communications with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 United States presidential election,[7][8] Boente had been designated to perform the requisite functions of the Attorney General with respect to the aforementioned matters, until the permanent deputy, Rod Rosenstein, was confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn into office[9] which took place on April 25, 2017.

Early life and education

Boente was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1954 to James and Doris Boente.[1] Boente received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1976 from Saint Louis University and his Masters of Business Administration in 1977. He then attended the Saint Louis University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1982.[1]

Career

In 1982, Boente began his career as a law clerk for Chief U.S. District Judge J. Waldo Ackerman for the Central District of Illinois. In 1984, he joined the Tax Division’s Criminal Section as part of the Attorney General's Honors Program. Boente became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Fraud Unit of the Eastern District of Virginia in 2001.

In December 2012, Boente was appointed by United States Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, a position he held until September 2013. He became the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia by virtue of the Vacancy Reform Act on September 23, 2013, and served in that position until December 15, 2015. In this role, he was involved in the sentencing of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. He stated that, "No one is above the law... not a high public official, not even the highest public official [in Virginia]."[10]

He was nominated by President Barack Obama on October 8, 2015, and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 15, 2015, as the 60th U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.[11] He was appointed by President Donald Trump as Acting Attorney General on January 30, 2017, after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was dismissed by Trump earlier that evening.[12] Previously, Trump nominated Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on the nomination in early January and voted 11-9 in favor of the nomination on February 1, 2017[13] before being confirmed by the Senate on February 8, 2017.[14] Boente was one of the 46 United States Attorneys ordered on March 10, 2017 to tender their resignation by Attorney General Jeff Sessions; Trump declined to accept his resignation.[15]

Personal life

Boente has lived in Northern Virginia for 29 years.[1]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Meet the U.S. Attorney: Dana J. Boente". U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved February 1, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. Lichtblau, Eric; Apuzzo, Matt; Landler, Mark (January 30, 2017). "Trump Fires Acting Attorney General". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Refuses to Enforce Trump Refugee EO". Lawfare Blog. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Lichtblau, Eric (February 8, 2017). "Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General, Capping Bitter Battle". The New York Times Company. Retrieved February 9, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Meet the Acting Deputy Attorney General | DAG | Department of Justice". www.justice.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Without fanfare, Trump reverses Obama order on Justice Department succession". USA Today. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  8. "Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-03-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Attorney General Sessions Statement on Recusal". www.justice.gov. Retrieved 2017-03-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "US attorney on McDonnell sentence: 'No one is above the law'". WTVR.com. January 6, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Obama nominates Dana Boente for U.S. attorney in Virginia". Virginian-Pilot. October 9, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Lichtblau, Eric; Apuzzo, Matt; Landler, Mark (January 30, 2017). "Trump Fires Acting Attorney General". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Kim, Seung Min (February 1, 2017). "Sessions clears committee on party-line 11-9 vote". Politico. Retrieved 2 February 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. CNN, Ashley Killough, Tom LoBianco and Ted Barrett. "Jeff Sessions confirmed to be the next attorney general". CNN. Retrieved 2017-02-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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Preceded by
Neil MacBride
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
Acting: 2013–2015

2013–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Sally Yates
Acting
United States Attorney General
Acting

2017
Succeeded by
Jeff Sessions
Preceded by
Sally Yates
United States Deputy Attorney General
Acting

2017
Succeeded by
Rod Rosenstein