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Donald Verrilli, one of the longest serving solicitor General in the American History, steps down in June

Donald Verrilli has fought in our nation’s highest court for a better future, winning landmark cases that moved America forward, said Obama

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U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli (top R) departs following the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew in Washington, October 6, 2013. Image source: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
  • Donald Verrilli stepping down as the U.S Solicitor General
  • Verrilli is one of the longest serving solicitor general in the American History
  • His principal deputy Ian Gershengorn will replace him as the Solicitor General on June 25

U.S Solicitor General Donald Verrilli is stepping down after representing United States Government for 5 years at Supreme Court, the White House announced on Thursday, June 2. Solicitor General is person who represents the government at the Supreme Court and Donald Verrilli is one the longest serving solicitor general in the American History.

U.S president Obama in his statement said,” Donald Verrilli has fought in our nation’s highest court for a better future, winning landmark cases that moved America forward. Don has been a dedicated public servant who has helped our nation live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all. I am grateful for his trusted counsel and friendship. And I wish Don and his family all the best in what comes next, including, hopefully, a well-deserved vacation.”

White House. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
White House. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

He added “Thanks to his efforts, 20 million more Americans now know the security of quality, affordable health care; we’re combatting discrimination so that more women and minorities can own their piece of the American Dream; we’ve reaffirmed our commitment to ensuring that immigrants are treated fairly; and our children will now grow up in a country where everyone has the freedom to marry the person they love.”

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Verrilli has been part of many landmark cases before the Supreme Court including successful defence of the Affordable Care Act, immigration and striking down state’s prohibition of same-sex marriage.

Loretta Lynch in a statement said that Verrilli will leave on June 24 and his principal deputy Ian Gershengorn will assume his role as an acting capacity on June 25, until the next president is elected.

Ian Gershengorn is a graduate from Harvard Law School, and has clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens in private practice. He has also served in the Clinton administration.

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Lynch praised Gershengorn by saying that she has “no doubt that Ian is well-equipped to build on departing Solicitor General Don Verrilli’s extraordinary record.

“I am confident that he will advance a trailblazing legacy of excellence and accomplishment. And I am certain that as Acting Solicitor General, he will expand and extend the vital work of the Obama Administration and the American people,” she added.

-prepared by Bhaskar Raghavendran, a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter: bhaskar_ragha

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The dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen beyond a chain fence during the partial government shutdown in Washington, Jan. 8, 2019. VOA

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The partial shutdown of the Government of the United States has now entered Day 31. With as many as 800,000 federal employees furloughed, the entire nation remains in a turmoil due to the longest government shutdown in the history of United States.

The shutdown which started on December 22 of 2018, due to the disagreement of United States Congress and the President Of United States on ‘Border Security Funding’  has followed us well into 2019 and still has bleak chances of ending.

President Donald Trump remains undeterred in his conquest to get the funding for wall, no matter who pays for it, it seems. In a tweet and several different speeches, during the presidential election race of 2016, the then presidential candidate Donald Trump promised that “Mexico will pay for the wall”. However, he now demands almost $5Bn from the taxpayers of the country.

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