By: Teddy Grant
President Joe Biden nominated prosecutor Damian Williams to the U.S. attorney for Manhattan on Tuesday, which would make him the first Black man to run that office, Reuters reported.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) is considered one of the nation’s most powerful and attention-grabbing federal prosecutor offices.
Biden also nominated former prosecutor Breon S. Peace as the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn and Jessica D. Aber to run the Eastern District of Virginia office, according to the New York Times. In total, he nominated eight people for U.S. attorney positions.
“These individuals were chosen for their devotion to enforcing the law, their professionalism, their experience and credentials in this field, their dedication to pursuing equal justice for all and their commitment to the independence of the Department of Justice,” the White House said.
According to Reuters, SDNY handles cases ranging from insider trading to corruption and terrorism. The office is currently investigating former Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his business dealings related to Ukraine. He ran SDNY in the 1980s.
Williams already works for the Southern District of New York, serving as the head of one of the securities task forces, according to Reuters.