US Attorney Kenji M. Price Resigns
US Attorney for the District of Hawaiʻi, Kenji M. Price announced his resignation today.
Price, was among a list of Trump-appointed US Attorneys that are being asked to step down as the Biden Administration begins its transition process in the Department of Justice.
“Last Friday, I sent a letter to the President offering my resignation, effective Feb. 21, 2021. Serving as US Attorney for the District of Hawaiʻi—the chief federal law enforcement officer in the District—is a privilege that I will forever cherish. The career attorneys, professional staff, and contactors in my office do tremendous work day-in and day-out enforcing the law and defending the interests of the United States in civil litigation,” said Price.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, they conducted (and continue to conduct) their affairs with the courage, character, and professionalism that exemplifies the finest traditions of the US Department of Justice. I truly stand on the shoulders of giants, and look forward to hearing about the fantastic work that my office will continue to do in the months and years to come, working hand in glove with our state and local partners and the broader federal law enforcement community,” he said.
Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson, instructed most appointed US Attorneys to submit their resignations, in an effort to ensure a “seamless transition.”
Wilkinson notes that earlier this year, nearly all presidential appointees from the previous administration offered their resignations, though US Attorneys and US Marshals were asked to temporarily remain in place.
A spokesperson with the US Attorney’s Office in Hawaiʻi said the office is taking all necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition.