Former acting US Attorney General Dana Boente resigns

Dana Boente took over the Justice Department after Trump fired Sally Yates.

— -- Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia who temporarily took over as acting U.S. attorney general, has stepped down.

Boente, 63, began his career at the Department of Justice in 1984 as a part of the tax division, and went on to serve as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 2012, and for the Eastern District of Virginia in 2015.

In a press conference after the governor was sentenced to prison in 2015, Boente told reporters that holding the powerful to account is necessary to maintain the people's trust in public institutions.

"No one is above the law," he said. "Not a high public official, not even the highest public official in the state."

The U.S. Supreme Court later vacated McDonnell's conviction, however, and the Department of Justice moved to dismiss the charges against him.