Sessions requests immediate resignations of 46 US attorneys

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has requested the immediate resignations of all remaining U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama who have not already left office.

Reuters and the New York Times reported Friday that Sessions asked the 46 remaining federal prosecutors to vacate their positions “in order to ensure a uniform transition.”

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told the New York Times that deputy U.S. attorneys, who are career officials, are now in acting capacity until U.S. attorney nominees are confirmed by the Senate.

According to CNN, even though U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president, and prior residents have removed federal prosecutors en masse, the move from Sessions caught many off-guard. “There was not any particular clarity from the Justice Department as to what the future held for the U.S. attorneys” one source told CNN.

Reuters, meanwhile, reported that the move was huge surprise for Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. According to Reuters, Bharara, whose district which handles some of the highest-profile cases in the country, had been assured by Trump and Sessions that he would stay on. The New York Times says that it is possible that Sessions and Trump may decline to accept some prosecutors’ resignations.




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