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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

McGregor Scott, President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney in California’s Eastern District, has taken the post early, thanks to a holiday appointment by the district court.

Scott, formerly a white-collar partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, was sworn into office Dec. 29 in Sacramento a day after U.S. Chief District Judge Lawrence O’Neill ordered his appointment.

McGregor Scott

Career prosecutor Phillip Talbert, who served as the district’s U.S. attorney after Obama appointee Benjamin Wagner stepped down in May 2016, had announced his intent to resign the post and to resume his position as the department’s first assistant. “I was ready, the office was ready and it was the appropriate time to leave Orrick,” Scott said Tuesday through a spokeswoman.

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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