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Phillips to be Acting U.S. Attorney for District of Columbia

Channing Phillips
Channing PhillipsPhotographer: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images

The Justice Department is tapping an Obama-era prosecutor to serve as acting U.S. attorney for the nation’s capital, a prestigious assignment overseeing some of the nation’s most complicated cases, including the investigation into the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The department plans to name Channing Phillips to the post on Wednesday, and he’ll serve on an interim basis until a new U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia is nominated by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the Senate, according to a Justice Department official who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.