FIL-AM LAWYER DEFENDING TRUMP REGIME TO QUIT

The top US advocate before the Supreme Court, Noel Francisco, who defended President Donald Trump’s policies, including the travel ban on people from mainly Muslim countries, is expected to resign, according to a person familiar with his plans.


Francisco is a longtime Washington lawyer with strong conservative credentials. The 50-year-old, who is of Filipino descent, is the first Asian-American to hold the job of solicitor general, wrote Jan Wolfe and Sarah N. Lynch for Reuters on June 12, 2020.

That would mark the second departure of a senior Justice Department official in two days, following Wednesday’s news that the top prosecutor overseeing its criminal division, Brian Benczkowski, is leaving his post early next month.

The Justice Department and Attorney General William Barr have faced criticism for recent moves seen as prioritizing Trump’s close friends and allies, including its ongoing effort to drop a criminal charge against Michael Flynn a former top adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.