COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, Peter McCoy Jr., announced that he will resign from office later this month.
This came after the Biden administration asked Trump-appointed lawyers across the country to resign.
“It was the greatest honor of my life to serve our great nation and our beloved state of South Carolina as a United States attorney,” said US attorney McCoy in his letter of resignation to President Biden. “Working daily with the dedicated public servants of this office to impartially apply the rule of law, defend our Constitution and make our communities more secure is a privilege for which I will be forever grateful.”
A Charleston resident, McCoy worked as a criminal prosecutor at the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Office for five years, where he dealt with several cases of violence, firearms and drugs.
He also served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the South Carolina House of Representatives and as a private attorney before taking over the US attorney. role for the District of South Carolina in March 2020.
During his time as a US attorney, McCoy targeted fraud, civil wrongdoing and criminal activity related to the coronavirus pandemic and prosecuted substantial health fraud and gave renewed emphasis to eradicating human trafficking and child exploitation.
“The office also raised more than $ 54 million for taxpayers in 2020 alone,” according to his office.
“Of that amount, $ 49,000,580.36 was raised in civil suits and $ 4,839,347.03 in criminal suits. Working with partner agencies and divisions, the firm also raised $ 2,544,402 in asset forfeiture actions. “
McCoy thanked Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott for their “unwavering support” during the nomination, nomination and confirmation process last spring.
“South Carolina is truly blessed with the leadership of our two United States senators, as well as those who serve our great state in the US Attorney’s Office,” he said. “I leave the office confident that my successor will inherit an incredibly dedicated and talented team and will be ready to start immediately.”
The signed letter says McCoy’s resignation will take effect at 11:59 pm. on February 28th.