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Alaska's Loeffler among federal prosecutors asked by White House to resign

Karen Loeffler is one of 46 United States attorneys ordered by the Trump administration Friday to tender their resignations.

The U.S. Attorney's Office District of Alaska confirmed Loeffler was among the federal prosecutors asked to resign.

"The Department of Justice is awaiting guidance from the incoming administration on how the transition of current presidentially-appointed, Senate confirmed U.S. Attorneys will be handled. Regardless of the status of the U.S. Attorney, the work of career prosecutors will continue uninterrupted during and after the transition," the local office said in an email.

Loeffler was unavailable to comment Friday.

Loeffler previously told Alaska Dispatch News that she would most likely lose her job if a Republican was elected president in 2016.

"I promoted myself to job insecurity," she said at that time.

"I'm just going to do my job the best I can for as long as it's appropriate for me to be here," she said.


President Barack Obama signed Loeffler's commission on Oct. 16, 2009, elevating her to the state's top federal prosecutor after 20 years as an assistant U.S. attorney.

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Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, told the New York Times that the firings will leave deputy United States attorneys, who are career officials, in place in an acting capacity.

Jerzy Shedlock

Jerzy Shedlock is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.