President Joe Biden, last week, nominated Damian Williams to oversee the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York — a role that no Black man has ever been nominated for.
The office, which covers Manhattan, the Bronx, and the area north of New York City, is responsible for handling high-profile cases and investigations, including Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell and former President Donald Trump and several of his allies.
The office is currently overseeing the investigation of Trump’s personal lawyer, and former New York Mayor, Rudy Guiliani.
Williams was educated at Harvard University, University of Cambridge, and Yale Law School.
The Brooklyn-bred man is the head of the securities fraud unit in the Southern District of New York. He married his wife, Jennifer Nicole Wynn in 2012.
After completing his education, Williams worked with United States Attorney General Merrick Garland and Supreme Court Justice John Stevens.
The 40-year-old lawyer will have to be confirmed by the United States Senate to take on the new role.
Seven other nominees were announced for U.S. attorney’s offices.
President Biden said in a statement that he selects candidates based on “their devotion to enforcing the law, their professionalism, their experience and credentials in the field, their dedication to pursuing equal justice for all and their commitment to the independence of the Department of Justice.”
The President is pushing to gain control of gun violence across the nation. Firearms Trafficking Task Forces have been set up in several cities to establish community programs and to limit the sale and distribution of firearms and deadly weapons.
“The President has launched a comprehensive effort to take on the uptick in gun crime that has been taking place the last 18 months — putting more cops on the beat, supporting community prevention programs, and cracking down on illegal gun trafficking,” The White House said in a statement.