A senior judicial official said the Biden administration would begin removing all Senate-confirmed U.S. lawyers appointed during the Trump administration with two exceptions.
Not uncommon, the process could begin as early as Tuesday. They will be asked to resign.
John Durham will be there to inquire into the origins of the Russia investigation, but not the U.S. attorney for the Connecticut district, the official said. He Appointed Special Adviser Attorney General William Barr added extra security to the investigation last fall.
David Weiss, Delaware’s U.S. attorney, will also be at the scene. Hunter Biden, the president’s son, said federal officials in Delaware were investigating his taxes in December.
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In 2017, President Donald Trump abruptly ordered the resignation of 46 U.S. lawyers who held the Obama administration’s reserves.
When Trump was ordered to resign in 2017, a judicial report at the time said action had been taken “as in previous changes.”
Ordering American lawyers to resign has sometimes provoked political controversy.
In 2017, Breit Barra, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, publicly stated that he had not resigned and had been fired instead.
Sen., who was a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif. Said later There have been orderly changes in the past, and “he was very concerned about the consequences of this sudden and unexpected decision on federal law enforcement.”
In 2006, under the administration of George W. Bush, a controversy erupted after the dismissal of eight U.S. lawyers.
Democrats in Congress accused the eight layoffs of being politically motivated, and some of those who fired said they felt pressure was being exerted by powerful Republicans in their home states to expedite investigations into voter fraud involving Democrats, the Associated Press reported at the time.
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In 2007, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez admitted wrongdoing. Gonzalez resigned later that year.
An investigation The Inspector General’s Office of Justice and Professional Responsibility later concluded that the process of removing U.S. prosecutors was “fundamentally flawed” and that there was evidence that discriminatory political considerations were a factor in removing many more. .
In 1993, Attorney General Janet Reno demanded the resignation of all 93 U.S. lawyers in the early days of the Clinton administration.