NEW ORLEANS -- While newly confirmed U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite waits for President Barack Obama to sign his commission, the man who held the post on an interim basis will start his new fill-in assignment next week.
Dana Boente, who took over the embattled office in December after Jim Letten resigned amid an online commenting scandal, finishes his time in New Orleans on Friday and immediately heads to the Eastern District of Virginia to become the interim U.S. attorney there.
U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride, whose office has led the high-profile WikiLeaks investigation, resigned last Friday. Boente had been the first assistant U.S. attorney in that office for five years before assuming the post in New Orleans.
Polite is expected to be sworn in to his new post as soon as paperwork is completed in Washington.