U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly (Courtesy photo)
U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly, who resigned last week following an order from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, will keep her job a little longer.
In a written statement Monday, Daly said Sessions and the administration allowed her to stay on as U.S. attorney so that she “might complete 20 years of service to the Department of Justice,” a milestone she will reach in October. Asked if this was the only reason Daly will remain in office, a Department of Justice representative declined to comment further. The representative said Daly plans to leave office in October.
“I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the residents of Connecticut in my remaining time, and I will focus on an orderly transition as I complete what has been a rewarding tenure in the office,” Daly said.
Daly was among 46 Obama-era holdover U.S. attorneys asked to resign Friday by Sessions, as the president exercised his prerogative to select the chief law enforcement officers in the federal districts.
First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gustafson was slated to fill Daly’s position temporarily before Monday’s announcement.
Many attorneys, while discussing potential short-list candidates in November, said Daly’s time in office was limited once Trump was sworn in. New presidents tend to replace appointees from previous administrations, especially if they are from a different party.
Daly is known as a fierce partner with police chiefs throughout the state in providing resources to fight crime and drugs and has led the way in successfully trying fraud cases, according to lawyers familiar with her work. Under her watch, federal prosecutors secured the conviction of three-term former Republican Gov. John Rowland, who was sentenced in 2015 to 30 months in prison for seven election law violations.