Damien Williams was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this week to be the next United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, the first Black person to lead the office in its 232-year history. The position makes him the most powerful federal law enforcement official in Manhattan at the age of 41 years old, according to the New York Times.
People who have held this position have gone on to be judges, senators, cabinet members and even New York City mayor, in the case of Rudy Giuliani. What is interesting about Giuliani is that the Southern District office is investigating the former mayor, a case Williams will be overseeing. He is also overseeing the case of Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime friend to Jeffrey Epstein, who is being tried on sex-trafficking charges. The office has also taken on cases that have reached Donald Trump’s inner circle.