With the Justice Department under fire from the White House and congressional Republicans, some former federal prosecutors are ready to run—or even leaving their jobs to run:
After watching President Donald Trump fire former FBI Director James Comey, belittle Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, among other events, Mr. Hunter said he decided to leave his job as a prosecutor in Tampa in December and run for Congress.
Mr. Hunter is now one of five former federal prosecutors who are running for House seats as Democrats this year, compared with zero in 2016. The Wall Street Journal couldn’t identify any similar Republican candidates.
One of the former federal prosecutors running is also a Navy veteran and one of the record number of women running for office. Another is Conor Lamb, running a close race in the upcoming special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District.