by Robin Kemp

The U.S. Department of Justice issued this press release late Monday:

“Kurt R. Erskine has been named Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia effective February 1, 2021, by virtue of the Vacancies Reform Act.  Bobby L. Christine resigned as Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, but remains the Presidentially-appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.”

No reason was given for the change. The Clayton Crescent is working to learn more and will update with any information.

Christine recently replaced former U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak, who resigned January 4. Pak resigned after former President Donald Trump told Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a now-infamous phone call that Pak was a “Never Trumper.” Pak, who had been appointed by Trump, has since returned to private practice.

Erskine previously served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney. Before that, he was chief of the Public Corruption Section for the Atlanta office and deputy chief for Economic Crimes, where he dealt with healthcare and computer crimes, according to his LinkedIn page.

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