DOJ names acting U.S. Attorney for Western District of Virginia following Cullen’s resignation announcement

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First Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar has been named Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, effective at noon on Sept. 15, 2020. (Photo: Courtesy Department of Justice)

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar has been named Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, effective at noon on Sept. 15, 2020. (Photo: Courtesy Department of Justice)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Just one day after the announcement of U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen’s resignation following his Senate judicial confirmation, officials announced First Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar will serve as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, effective Tuesday.

“Dan Bubar is a career federal prosecutor and an outstanding choice to serve as the chief federal law enforcement officer in western Virginia,” Cullen said Friday, Sept. 11.  “As my first assistant, Dan has effectively managed the day-to-day operations of the office, and he has the full support of the dedicated civil servants who work here.”

Officials say Bubar has served the Department of Justice since 2010, working in both the Western District of Virginia and Eastern District of North Carolina. During his tenure, Bubar has served in both the criminal and civil divisions, handling matters such as healthcare fraud, narcotics, firearms, and national security prosecutions.

“It is an honor to serve as acting U.S. Attorney, and we will continue the good work carried out by the office under the steady leadership of Thomas Cullen these last two and a half years,” Bubar stated Friday. “While we are sad to see Thomas leave, we wish him the very best in his new role as district judge. Reducing gun violence and fighting the opioid epidemic with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will remain our top priorities.”

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