A federal prosecutor, who has an investigation related to individuals close to President Donald Trump, was named U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday.
Audrey Strauss, who has worked as the US Attorney for SDNY since the summer, will officially become US Attorney on January 16 and remain in that role until a bid nominee is approved by the Senate is.
Before taking over as head of office, Strauss was a deputy US attorney and conducted several sensitive investigations with people close to Trump, including Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon.
When Attorney General William Barr asked Geoffrey Burman to step down as US Attorney in June, Strauss became a US lawyer. His term as US Attorney is scheduled to end on January 15.
On Tuesday, federal judges of the SDNY court unanimously approved the next day for Strauss to become US Attorney, January 16.
“I am very grateful for the support of the court and for continuing to serve the people of New York and this country,” Strauss said in a statement. Leading the women and men of this district is a privilege of a lifetime. Pursuing justice without any fear or favor and writing the latest chapter in the glorious legacy of this office. “
Investigations into Giuliani and Bannon continue, and may soon come up. NBC News reported on Monday that SDNY prosecutors are communicating with Justice Department officials in Washington.