The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced plans to seek the resignation of most of the U.S. attorneys that were appointed by President Trump.
According to a senior DOJ official, the move is expected to impact 56 U.S. attorneys who were confirmed by the Senate, and calls for resignations are supposedly going to begin as early as February 9. The official also added that the process will likely take several weeks, and that DOJ officials have already scheduled a call with the attorneys to discuss the transition.
At least two prosecutors will be allowed to continue their work: Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is investigating Hunter Biden, and special counsel John Durham, who is investigating the origins of the Russia Collusion Hoax. Durham will continue to be special counsel, but will be resigning from his position as U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.
According to The Hill, “The move to ask for the resignation of a previous administration’s appointed U.S. attorneys is seen as a mostly routine move. Trump’s first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, called on 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Obama to resign. Currently, 25 of the 94 U.S. attorneys are operating in an acting manner after several appointed by Trump resigned following his election loss.”
Joe Biden has chosen Merrick Garland, who was previously nominated to the Supreme Court to succeed Antonin Scalia by Barack Obama, to lead the Department of Justice as his Attorney General. Senator Lindsey Graham, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has held up that nomination, blaming the impeachment trial for the “roadblock” preventing the Senate from voting on any nominations at this time.