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Trump nominates Justice official as Maryland's US attorney

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Posted at 11:40 AM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 11:40:51-04

BALTIMORE (AP) -- President Donald Trump has nominated a Justice Department official as Maryland's new U.S. attorney.

Robert Hur is among seven U.S. attorney nominations the White House announced Wednesday.

Hur is currently principal associate deputy attorney general and a top aide to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whom Hur would replace as Maryland's federal prosecutor.

A White House statement says Hur was formerly a partner with King & Spalding in Washington, where he focused on government investigations and complex litigation. He's also a former assistant federal prosecutor in Maryland. From 2007 to 2014, Hur prosecuted gang violence, drug trafficking, firearm offenses and white-collar crimes.

Hur, a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford law school, clerked for the late William Rehnquist, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.