Trump Fires 46 Federal Prosecutors Hired During Obama Era

The administration of US President Donald Trump on Friday moved to
clean house at the Justice Department, demanding the resignations of 46
federal prosecutors appointed during the two terms of his predecessor
Barack Obama.

Presidents often order political
appointees in several agencies to resign when they take office, but the
abrupt nature of the move caught some by surprise — especially given
that so many were asked to leave at once.

High-profile Manhattan
prosecutor Preet Bharara was among those asked to leave — even though he
met with Trump before the Republican took office and said he was asked
to stay on.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores
said Attorney General Jeff Session had asked “all remaining 46
presidentially appointed US Attorneys to tender their resignations in
order to ensure a uniform transition.”

“Until the new US Attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career
prosecutors in our US Attorney’s Offices will continue the great work of
the department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most
violent offenders.”

Later Friday, another Justice Department spokesman, Peter Carr, said
Trump had asked two to stay on — current acting deputy attorney general
Dana Boente and the man he picked to take over that position, Rod
Rosenstein.

“The President called Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein tonight to inform
them that he has declined to accept their resignation, and they will
remain in their current positions,” Carr said.

It was not immediately clear if other resignations would eventually be declined.

Senate
Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he was “troubled” to learn of the
mass request for resignations, especially that of Bharara, and said it
had not been done in an “orderly fashion” as seen in the past.

“By
asking for the immediate resignation of every remaining US Attorney
before their replacements have been confirmed or even nominated, the
president is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations and hindering
the administration of justice,” Schumer said in a statement on
Facebook.

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