US Attorney Neil MacBride to Step Down Amid Probes Into McDonnell and Wikileaks
Deep into cases revolving around national security leaks, intellectual property infringement, and corruption in Richmond, MacBride is leaving his “dream job.”
MacBride has not made any statements about where he will land next. Prior to this gig, MacBride was an assistant US attorney in the District of Columbia. Before that, he served as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs under then-Senator Joe Biden. “He has distinguished himself as an exceptional leader, a committed public servant, and a brilliant attorney—handling complicated cases with extraordinary skill,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a Justice Department statement. But replacing MacBride might be a bit complicated. As the Washington Post reports, the order of succession in the Eastern District of Virginia is a bit mucked up right now:
Rest assured that Joe Biden & Chris Dodd will provide MPAA Contract Prosecutor Neil "Deal" MacBride with a nice upgrade. Politics maybe?— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) August 23, 2013
Typically, a departing U.S. attorney is replaced by a first assistant until the president appoints a permanent successor. But MacBride’s first assistant, Dana J. Boente, was appointed in December to serve as the interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana after the longtime U.S. attorney there resigned amid revelations that his two top deputies were posting online comments about subjects of the office’s investigations. It is unclear whether Boente will come back to the Eastern District of Virginia or whether the acting first assistant, Kathleen Kahoe, will take over.In quitting, MacBride told the Post that he is planning on “taking a big chunk of time off to be with my family.” But before he resigns, he might be spending a bit more time with the McDonnell family. Earlier this week attorneys for the governor and his wife urged federal prosecutors not to file charges in the ongoing gifts scandal.