United States Attorney for the District of Columbia

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United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
Portrait of United States Attorney Jessie K. Liu
Jessie K. Liu

since September 24, 2017
United States Department of Justice
Reports toThe Attorney General
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
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The District of Columbia is a unique federal district of the U.S.

The United States Attorney for the District of Columbia is the United States Attorney responsible for representing the federal government in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia has two divisions, the Civil Division and the Criminal Division. The Civil Division is responsible for representing federal agencies in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Unlike the states, District of Columbia is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress. By statute, the U.S. Attorney is responsible for prosecuting both federal crimes and all serious crimes committed by adults in the District of Columbia. Therefore, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia serves as both the federal prosecutor (as in the other 92 U.S. Attorneys' offices) and as the local district attorney. The Attorney General of the District of Columbia, who is elected by the people of the District, handles local civil litigation and minor infractions, comparable with a City Attorney.

The current U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia is Jessie K. Liu, who was nominated by Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the Senate in September 2017.[1] Liu replaced Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips.[2]

List of U.S. Attorneys for the District of Columbia[edit]


  1. ^ "PN613 — Jessie K. Liu — Department of Justice". congress.gov. United States Congress. September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  2. ^ U.S. Attorneys: District of Columbia on DOJ's U.S. Attorney's Office – District of Columbia website.
  3. ^ District of Columbia Superior Court bio of Ramsey Johnson
  4. ^ Female Assistant Is Named Interim Prosecutor for D.C., Washington Post, July 19, 1997
  5. ^ Wilma A. Lewis ’81 nominated to be assistant secretary for Land and Mineral Management, Harvard Law Today, May 12, 2009
  6. ^ United States Attorney Taylor announces resignation
  7. ^ Taylor Withdraws US Attorney Confirmation Bid after Losing Norton Support
  8. ^ Acting United States Attorney Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. to Step Down