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Washington • The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced the nomination of John Huber to continue as the U.S. attorney for Utah, a position where he has served since 2015.
Huber had resigned as the state's top federal prosecutor in March as requested of 46 U.S. attorneys nationwide by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and has been serving as the acting attorney general in the interim. President Donald Trump nominated Huber back to his post in June.
The Judiciary Committee approved Huber's appointment on a voice vote, sending it to the full Senate for confirmation at a later date.
It's tradition for U.S. attorneys to resign when a new president comes into office and 47 had already done so before Sessions requested the rest leave office. Days later, Sessions made Huber the acting U.S. attorney for Utah.