Text of Jim Letten's resignation statement

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The U.S. Department of Justice has just issued a release on the resignation of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, along with Letten's statement:

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — Today, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Jim Letten announced his resignation after more than 11 years as United States Attorney, and 28 years with the Department of Justice. U.S. Attorney Letten leaves office as the longest serving U.S. Attorney today.

U.S. Attorney Letten issues the following statement:

"It has been both an honor and a privilege for me to serve the citizens of the Eastern District of Louisiana and the nation as United States Attorney. As of December 11, 2012, my resignation as U.S. Attorney will become effective and will conclude my nearly three decades serving with the Department of Justice.

The decision to resign my post as the United States Attorney was mine, and was made after careful and extensive consideration and discussion with my colleagues and superiors in the Department, and with my family. Although the decision was not an easy one, it is the best course of action under the circumstances for this office, its people, the Department, and for me, personally, as well.

I am enormously proud of our office's accomplishments over these years. And I am truly grateful to have had this incredible honor and rare opportunity to serve you, the people of New Orleans, and the entire Eastern District of Louisiana, a place I call home.

During my service as the United States Attorney, this office has been steadfast in its commitment to ensure national security, reduce violent crime, fight public corruption and to protect civil rights for all the people in the District. From the shadow of September 11, 2001, to the terrible devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, and to present, we have remained committed to protecting the citizens of this District, to be part of the solution to criminal justice problems and to pursue justice for the sake of seeing justice done.

New Orleans and this region — and state — are places of which our citizens can be truly proud. We must never give up the fight that we have carried to our streets, our neighborhoods, our schools, and our institutions, to ensure public safety and transparent, accountable, honest and efficient
government.

Lastly, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to all of the men and women with whom I have had the distinct honor and privilege of serving. I also want to thank my family for their love and support which has carried me through every day.”

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