Eastern Washington’s U.S. attorney resigns at Biden’s request

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Eastern Washington U.S. Attorney William Hyslop, center, with Yakima County Sheriff Robert Udell, left, FBI Special Agent in Charge Ray Duda, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Harrington. Hyslop announced today he will leave office Feb. 28.

SPOKANE — Senior federal prosecutors across the country appointed by former President Trump are resigning at the request of President Joe Biden. Eastern Washington’s U.S. Attorney is now among them.

William D. Hyslop, 69, announced his resignation this morning, effective at the end of February. The 69-year-old Hyslop served as chief prosecutor in the Spokane-based Eastern District under two presidents, Trump and George H.W. Bush.

Trump appointed Hyslop in May 2019, two years after firing 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Barack Obama. Among those ordered out of office was Michael Ormsby, then holding the post in the Eastern District of Washington, which covers the entire state east of the Cascade Mountains.

President Biden must now appoint a successor to Hyslop to oversee the federal district. That nominee would have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Longtime First Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Harrington, who served as acting U.S. attorney between Ormsby and Hyslop, will again fill the office in an interim role once Hyslop departs.