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HARTFORD (AP) — A former federal prosecutor, who helped lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe before resigning from the Justice Department last year, is being tapped by Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont to become his office's new top lawyer.

The Democrat announced Monday that Nora R. Dannehy will fill the job being vacated by General Counsel Bob Clark, who Lamont recently nominated to become a judge on the Connecticut Appellate Court.

“Nora has spent her career in both the public and private sector, and her time in government with the state of Connecticut and the federal government have earned her a reputation as a problem-solver and a champion for the public good,” said Lamont in a statement, adding how he expects Dannehy's counsel will be a ”tremendous benefit" as the state continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dannehy joined the U.S. Attorney's office in Connecticut in 1991. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she worked on complex public corruption cases, including the first conviction of former Republican Gov. John G. Rowland. In April 2008, she was appointed Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, making her the first woman to lead the district.

She left the U.S. Attorney’s Office in December 2010 and became Deputy Connecticut Attorney General, a job she held from 2011 to 2013. She later worked for United Technologies Corp. before serving in the U.S. Justice Department as counsel to former Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, who stepped down last week.

Dannehy worked with Durham on several investigations, including into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

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