Senior Justice Department lawyer resigns after Trump decides not to defend Obamacare in court
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. Photo (

It was announced last week that President Donald Trump's Justice Department will no longer defend the Affordable Care Act in court. As a result, Joel McElvain has submitted his resignation after 20 years of service to the department.

McElvain spent years working on the case and the decision reversed all of it, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. In 2013 he and his team were honored with an award for "exceptional service" from the Attorney General.

“This is the first I’m hearing it, and it’s a gut punch,” one person who worked with McElvain told The Post. “That will be a very big blow to the morale of the [agency’s] civil division, a really sad day for the Department of Justice, and a loss for the country.”

Jeff Sessions told the court and Congress that he made the decision with Trump's blessing.