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Trump taps Nolan as top federal prosecutor

President Donald Trump on Friday nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan to the position of U.S. attorney, the top federal prosecutor’s job in Vermont.

If confirmed by the Senate, she’ll replace Eric Miller, an appointee of former President Barack Obama. Miller resigned in February.

The president followed recommendations made earlier this year by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican frequently critical of the president. The two issued a statement welcoming Friday’s announcement.

In choosing Nolan, a deputy in the U.S. attorney’s office since 2010, Trump passed over two other Vermont lawyers reported to have been in contention. VTDigger reported June 30 that also in contention were Craig Nolan, a former Washington County state’s attorney currently in private legal practice in Burlington, and Brady Toensing of Charlotte, a prominent Republican lawyer known for pushing for investigations of Democrats and liberals.

Leahy and Scott issued a joint statement following the announcement from the White House, thanking Trump for accepting their recommendation of Nolan for the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“Christina is a tough and well-respected prosecutor who is uniquely familiar with the challenges of our state’s opioid crisis,” they wrote. “We were both impressed by Christina’s passion for the state of Vermont and for the mission of a prosecutor – to seek justice and improve our communities – as well as her thoughtfulness and leadership. We will now work to advance her nomination in the Senate and hope she will be confirmed without delay.”

A biography issued by the White House said Nolan is a Vermont native who studied history and political science at the University of Vermont. She holds a juris doctorate from Boston College Law School. She previously worked as a prosecutor in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Nolan could not immediately be reached.

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