In a move out of compassion for the services of two U.S. attorneys, AG Jeff Sessions has given attorneys Deirdre Dally of the District of Connecticut and Richard Hartunian of the Northern District of New York a reprieve so that they may be able to complete the requirements needed for them to qualify for federal retirement benefits. Both of them were initially included in the 46 Obama appointed U.S. attorneys that Sessions dismissed last week.

Attorneys Daly and Hartunian both have worked in the Department of Justice handling various positions for over 19 years and both are a few months short of reaching the 20-year threshold required for them to receive their federal benefits. AG Sessions has agreed to allow them to stay so that they could complete their 20-year tenure and make them eligible for their benefits.

Both attorneys expressed their gratitude to Sessions and President Donald Trump and said that they promise to oversee a quick and orderly transition.

Attorney Deirdre Daly
U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly

In a statement, Daly said: “I thank the Attorney General and the Administration for affording me the opportunity to remain as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut so that I might complete 20 years of service to the Department of Justice in October.”

She further adds: “I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the residents of Connecticut in my remaining time, and I will focus on an orderly transition as I complete what has been a rewarding tenure in the Office.”

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian
U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian

Hartunian also issued a statement of gratitude towards the Attorney General and the Trump administration. He said: “The Attorney General has graciously permitted me to remain as United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York through June of 2017 so that I can complete twenty years of service to the Department of Justice,”

He adds: “I am very grateful to the Attorney General and the Administration for this opportunity to finish up a 20-year career and I will do everything I can to assist in the orderly transition to my successor.”