TAMPA — At the
beginning of March, President Donald Trump asked for the resignations of 46 U.S.
attorneys, most of whom were appointed by former president Barack Obama.
those attorneys who turned in their resignations to the president and attorney general Jeff Sessions was A. Lee Bentley III,
United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. His last day was
“Serving for the
past four years as United States Attorney has been a humbling experience," Bentley said in a
statement released by the Department of Justice. "I
have been privileged to serve with many of the finest lawyers in the country on
criminal and civil matters of critical importance to the citizens of the Middle
District of Florida. I am extremely grateful to my colleagues and to our
partners in federal, state, and local law enforcement.”
Republican senator Marco Rubio also issued a statement.
Bentley served our state and nation well, as evidenced by all the positive
things we've heard about his performance throughout his tenure," Rubio said.
"U.S. attorneys are ... political appointments who serve at the pleasure
of the president. President Trump earned the opportunity to nominate new U.S.
attorneys, and I look forward to working with Senator (Bill) Nelson to ensure
these positions are promptly filled throughout Florida."
Bentley’s tenure, his office indicted more than 4,200 cases and charged more
than 5,500 defendants. It also handled nearly 1,000 criminal and civil
appeals and defended the U.S. in thousands of civil cases.
was involved in a number of cases involving terrorism, civil rights, human
trafficking, health care fraud and ex-offender reentry.
The Middle District of Florida serves 35 of
the 67 counties in the state. Bentley became an Assistant U.S Attorney in the Middle District of Florida in 2000. He graduated with
highest honors from the University of Georgia (1980) and the University of
Virginia School of Law (1983). Bentley was nominated by
Obama on June 19, 2014, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 16, 2014.
Stephen Muldrow was named to serve as acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle
District of Florida.
52, served as the first assistant to Bentley III. Muldrow will be in charge of
the office until the president chooses a
nominee to be considered by the U.S. Senate or until the attorney general
makes an interim appointment.