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Trump announces US attorney appointment for West TN

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District Attorney General Mike Dunavant is expected to be appointed by President Donald Trump as U.S. Attorney for the Western Tennessee District . (Photo: Tennessee Attorney Generals Conference) District Attorney General Mike Dunavant is expected to be appointed by President Donald Trump as U.S. Attorney for the Western Tennessee District . (Photo: Tennessee Attorney Generals Conference)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is announcing the first wave of U.S. attorney candidates to replace the dozens forced out by President Donald Trump months ago.

Trump has appointed Michael Dunavant, the district attorney in the 25th District in West Tennessee, as U.S. Attorney for Western Tennessee.

“I could not be more pleased with President Trump’s decision to nominate Michael Dunavant to serve Tennesseans as U.S. Attorney for the Western District,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, in a prepared statement. “Throughout his career, including in his current role as district attorney general, Mike has distinguished himself in the West Tennessee legal community and shown great commitment to promoting public safety and enforcing the law. I congratulate Mike on being nominated for this important position and look forward to meeting with him as he begins the confirmation process.”

“I joined Senator Corker in recommending Mr. Dunavant because he is a well-qualified and dedicated prosecutor who will serve West Tennesseans with integrity," said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, in a prepared statement. "I look forward to introducing him to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and I hope the Senate will quickly consider his nomination.”

Dunavant serves as district attorney for Fayette, Hardeman, Lauderdale, McNairy and Tipton counties in West Tennessee. He was first elected in 2006.

Among the candidates Trump intends to nominate are Jessie Liu, the current deputy general counsel for the Treasury Department, and Richard W. Moore, the inspector general for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Liu will be nominated to serve in the District of Columbia, while Moore would serve in the Southern District of Alabama.

The other nominees are Alabama's Jay Town and Louis V. Franklin Sr., Ohio's Justin Herdman, Utah's John Huber and Oklahoma's Brian Kuester.

Trump in March ordered 46 U.S. attorneys who were holdovers from the Obama administration to tender their resignations. They included high-profile prosecutors like New York's Preet Bharara.

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