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Trump nominates former federal prosecutor for Utah judge

FILE - David B. Barlow answers questions at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 9, 2012. President Donald Trump has nominated BYU grad and former Utah U.S. Attorney David Barlow to be a federal judge. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former U.S. attorney for Utah has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become a federal judge.

The White House announced Wednesday that former state prosecutor David Barlow was nominated to be a federal judge in Utah.

Barlow previously served as general counsel to Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and now works as a lawyer at an international law firm in Salt Lake City. His work focuses on corporate and white-collar investigations.

Former President Barack Obama nominated and the Senate confirmed Barlow as Utah’s U.S. attorney in 2011. He held the job until 2014.

The announcement comes amid a record-setting push from the Trump administration to pack the federal courts with conservative appointments.