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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed Zach Terwilliger to serve on an interim basis as U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Virginia.

The Alexandria-based office has a high profile within the Justice Department. It handles numerous terrorism and espionage cases. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is scheduled to go on trial there in July.

Virginia’s senators have recommended Terwilliger for the post, but he has not yet been nominated by President Donald Trump. If nominated, he would need U.S. Senate confirmation.

Thursday’s appointment remains in effect for 120 days. Any extension would require approval from the district’s chief judge.

Terwilliger began his career as an intern in Alexandria and later prosecuted cases there. He has also served as counsel to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.