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US Attorney Peter Neronha resigns per AG’s request

NBC 10 News learned that Rhode Island US Attorney Peter Neronha is set to resign at midnight Saturday, March 11, 2017. (WJAR)

NBC 10 News learned that Rhode Island US Attorney Peter Neronha is set to resign at midnight Saturday.

The NBC 10 I-Team's Parker Gavigan confirmed the news with Neronha’s spokesperson Friday afternoon.

The news comes as US Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeks the resignation of nearly 50 United States attorneys who were appointed under the Obama administration.

In a statement Friday, the Justice Department said the request was similar to ones made in past presidential transitions.

The department said many federal prosecutors appointed in the Obama administration have already left their positions, but that Sessions is now seeking more resignations.

Following the announcement that Neronha has stepped down, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin issued a statement to the media, noting that he not only considers Neronha a colleague, but “a dear friend.”

“I am disappointed the President and the United States Attorney General chose to place politics over professionalism. While the position may be a political appointment and the person serves at the pleasure of the President, Peter managed the office with zero political influence, as it should be. He served with the great integrity and treated each person fairly and with compassion. I wish Peter all the best as he starts the next chapter of his career.”

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