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U.S. Attorney Christine to focus on southern district after resigning temporary appointment



AUGUSTA, Ga. – After less than a month as acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Bobby Christine has resigned from that post and will focus solely on his job as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, which includes Augusta.

Christine was named to the temporary post in early January by former President Donald Trump after the sudden resignation of Byung J. Pak.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Public Affairs Officer Barry Paschal confirmed Christine’s resignation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Erskine will now serve as the acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Pak left a day after an audio recording was made public in which Trump called him a “never Trumper,” the Associated Press reported. According to NPR, an internal memo from Pak blamed “unforeseen circumstances” for his departure.

Pak rejoined the Atlanta office of Alston & Bird, where he began his career in private practice, following his resignation, the AJC reported.

Christine was appointed to the Southern District of Georgia by Trump in 2017, after a decade of working in the Augusta DA’s office.