Mr. Boente’s district includes Northern Virginia and his office is in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia serves more than 6 million residents living in Northern Virginia, the capital of the Commonwealth, and Tidewater and surrounding communities.
The veteran federal prosecutor who has been leading the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia on an interim basis for more than a year and a half has been nominated by the state’s senators to take over the job permanently.
Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) of Virginia have recommended that Dana Boente, a longtime Justice Department lawyer who lives in Arlington, be appointed permanently as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, a Warner spokesman confirmed Friday. The job is an important and high-profile one, as the office, with about 300 lawyers and other employees working in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News, has long been viewed as one of the most important federal prosecutor shops in the country.
The Eastern District is home to the CIA and the Pentagon, and its prosecutors often find themselves handling terrorism and national security cases, including the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, a conspirator in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. If Edward Snowden is ever returned to the country, the government would bring its case against the former National Security Agency contractor through the district.
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