Hunt’s division defended the administration’s policies in court, including in several headline-grabbing cases, like the fight over congressional subpoenas. Earlier Tuesday, Hunt had signed onto a lawsuit levied against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, ahead of the release of Bolton’s tell-all book.
CNN has reached out to the Justice Department for comment, and to inquire about Hunt’s replacement.
Before taking over the civil division, Hunt served as chief of staff to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and before that, was a longtime career employee of the division. Before that, Hunt worked as a lawyer in private practice.
The Justice Department’s civil division functions as the government’s law firm, and according to the department’s website, is the largest litigating component of the Department of Justice.
Each year, the civil division “represents the United States and its agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet Officers, and other federal employees in tens of thousands of cases. In total, the Civil Division litigates matters on behalf of over 100 different federal agencies,” according to the department’s website.
The suit, filed in Washington, DC, federal court, alleges that Bolton’s 500-plus page manuscript was “rife with classified information,” and prosecutors say that Bolton backed out of an ongoing White House vetting process for the book that he’d been obligated to do as a result of the agreements. Bolton’s legal team denies the assertion.
This story has been updated with additional information Tuesday.