WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of a Justice Department section that prosecutes politicians for corruption says he’s leaving his position this week for another job within the agency.
Jack Smith, who has led the Public Integrity Section since 2010, said in an interview on Monday that he will become the top assistant to David Rivera, the U.S. Attorney in Nashville, Tennessee.
He says the new position will allow him to return to trying cases, something he said he’s missed.
Smith inherited a unit that underwent personnel turnover and criticism following the botched prosecution of late Alaska senator Ted Stevens.
But the section scored a big win last year with the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on corruption charges.