First assistant U.S. Attorney takes over after Capp resignation

March 14, 2017

The former first assistant U.S. attorney in Northern Indiana has now assumed the role of acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.

Following the resignation of former Northern District U.S. Attorney David Capp over the weekend, Clifford D. Johnson stepped into the acting U.S. Attorney role pursuant to federal law. Under the Vacancies Reform Act, 5 U.S.C. 3345(a)(1), when a presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney resigns, the first assistant automatically becomes the acting U.S. Attorney.

Johnson became the first assistant after serving as the office’s civil division chief. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1986, Johnson was a trial attorney within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.  He earned both his bachelor’s and law degrees from Valparaiso University in 1976 and 1980, respectively, and began working for the Department of Justice after graduating law school.


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