DOJ Criminal Division Chief Lanny Breuer Stepping Down

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Lanny Breuer
Lanny Breuer (at podium)

Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department‘s criminal division, will step down from his position March 1 after nearly four years at the helm.

Breuer was unanimously confirmed for his position by the Senate April 20, 2009 and leaves as the longest-serving official to hold that position, DOJ said Wednesday.

“I have had no higher honor than to work alongside the talented and dedicated men and women of the criminal division, and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to serve the American people together with them,” Breuer said.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Breuer focused on domestic and international corruption cases, organized crime, healthcare fraud, financial fraud and protecting banking systems.

Breuer led a task force investigating the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010 and also led efforts against fraud after that disaster and others such as Superstorm Sandy.

During his tenure, DOJ said he led the criminal division’s initiatives to identify and seize proceeds of corrupt foreign officials who have assets in the U.S.

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