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Rosenstein picks aides from his Maryland U.S. attorney days

(The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

(The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein has named as his main assistants two longtime aides from when he was the chief federal prosecutor in Maryland.

Rosenstein, who served as Maryland U.S. Attorney from 2005 to 2017, has chosen Robert K. Hur to be principal associate deputy attorney general and James A. Crowell IV to be chief of staff.

“Robert Hur and James Crowell have served with distinction in a variety of roles in the Department of Justice,” Rosenstein said in a statement announcing their appointments Monday. “Their experience and judgment will advance our efforts to deter crime, promote the rule of law, and ensure equal justice for everyone.”

Hur served as an assistant U.S. attorney to Rosenstein from 2007 to 2014, prosecuting financial and regulatory offenses, including mortgage fraud and violations of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Hur, a Stanford Law School graduate and former clerk to then-Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, was most recently a partner at the law firm King & Spalding in Washington, D.C.

Crowell leaves his job as criminal chief in the U.S. attorney’s office to rejoin Rosenstein. Crowell, who led a staff of 85 assistant U.S. attorneys, handled criminal prosecutions involving national security, violent crime, fraud and corruption, drugs and cybercrime. Crowell, a Boston University School of Law Graduate, joined the U.S. attorney’s office in 2007 as an assistant, according to a biography provided by the Justice Department.

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