US attorney for much of west and south Texas resigns

11 months 1 week 3 days ago Monday, October 05 2020 Oct 5, 2020 October 05, 2020 11:31 AM October 05, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The U.S. attorney for a swath of Texas from El Paso to San Antonio is resigning.

John F. Bash of the Western District of Texas said in a Monday news release that he would step down effective Friday. He will be replaced by veteran prosecutor Gregg Sofer, who has served since early this year as counselor to Attorney General William Barr.

Nominated by President Donald Trump in September 2017, the 39-year-old Bash brought 90 federal counts against the gunman accused of killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso.

“No day was worse than August 3, 2019, when we lost so many of our fellow Americans and our Mexican brothers and sisters to an almost inconceivable act of hatred,” Bash said in a news release. “But there was nothing more soul-stirring than the way El Pasoans came together in the wake of that nightmare in a spirit of love and perseverance.”

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