The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Saturday the resignation of its General Counsel, 66-year-old Dana Boente.
The resignation comes against the backdrop of ongoing official investigations against former Bureau of Investigation staff and supporters of President Donald Trump, Reuters reports. “Few people have served so well in such important and responsible positions at the Bureau,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray in a statement.
As a senior official of the U.S. Department of Justice, Boente was actively involved in the high-profile case of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to false testimony during interrogation by FBI officials. The U.S. Department of Justice, following the investigation, asked the judge to drop these charges, arguing that the prosecutor’s office should not have made them.
Recall that Trump has repeatedly criticized the FBI for investigating Flynn and his other associates. NBC News, citing two sources, reported that Boente was asked to resign, and he initially had no plans to leave his position.
During his 38-year career, Boente has held several senior positions with the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI. He served as a prosecutor for the Virginia Eastern District, where he lived for nearly 30 years. He was appointed to that position by his predecessor, Trump Barack Obama, in 2012. For some time, Boente even served as U.S. Attorney General in 2017 after Trump fired Sally Yates in the first weeks of his presidency. FBI head Christopher Wray appointed Boente as the Bureau’s general counsel in May 2018.