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Oklahoma attorney general hires outgoing US attorney

February 25, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this April 26, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Rep. Tim Downing, R-Purcell, speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City regarding legislation to form the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse. Looking on at left is Attorney General Mike Hunter. Hunter is hiring outgoing U.S. Attorney Tim Downing as his associate attorney general, an advisory role that is part of the office's senior leadership team. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - In this April 26, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Rep. Tim Downing, R-Purcell, speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City regarding legislation to form the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse. Looking on at left is Attorney General Mike Hunter. Hunter is hiring outgoing U.S. Attorney Tim Downing as his associate attorney general, an advisory role that is part of the office's senior leadership team. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced he’s planning to hire outgoing U.S. Attorney Tim Downing for a new position in his office.

Hunter said Downing will serve as his associate attorney general, an advisory role that is part of the office’s senior leadership team.

Downing is a former Republican state legislator appointed by former President Donald Trump as the U.S. attorney based in Oklahoma City. He also previously worked in the state attorney general’s office from 2011 to 2016.

Downing announced earlier this month his plans to resign from his U.S. attorney post, which is considered customary when a new president is elected.