The U.S. Justice Department will have a whole new look and conservative feel now that AG Sessions has asked 46 remaining US attorneys appointed by Obama to resign. According to Fox News, the Justice Department announced Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked the remaining U.S. attorneys appointed by former president Barack Obama to immediately resign.
The statement released by the department, indicated that some of the attorneys from the previous administration had already left their positions, but the others still remained. It stressed, ““the Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition.”
Traditionally when a new administration takes office, the previous appointees a former president will leave their respective appointed offices. In light of the growing spate of leaks which some in Washington D.C. have speculated may have originated from Obama administration holdovers, cleaning the deck of the Obama appointees makes logical sense.
There are also a good number of conservatives on Capitol Hill as well as in conservative media who believe that the leaking of highly classified conversations of President Trump in addition to other security matters can be directly tied to a shadow-type government made up of Obama officials.
For those concerned that the prosecutorial responsibilities that the last Obama attorneys holdovers handled will somehow be halted when they exit, the Justice Department offered reassurance that that will not occur. The statement affirmed, “Until the new U.S. Attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. Attorney’s Offices will continue the great work of the Department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders.”
Firing U.S. attorneys is certainly not unique when new administrations take office. Probably the most dramatic occurred when Attorney General Janet Reno fired all 93 officials at a March 23, 1993 press conference. According to the New York Times, many GOP officials including Bush administration holdover Jay B. Stephens, the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, felt that Reno’s actions were politically motivated.
Stephens had been investigating Illinois Democrat Dan Rostenkowski, who was chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. The inquiry focused on whether or not Rostenkowski had been involved with criminal misuse of his office expense account which had been used fraudulently to obtain cash from the post office. He was later convicted on mail fraud corruption charges and went to prison.