On Friday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the remaining 46 chief federal prosecutors assigned by the Obama administration to step down, in an effort to “ensure a uniform transition,” said Justice Department.
The Department of Justice Spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores issued a statement that this type of move is not unusual to ones made during prior presidential transitions. “As was the case in prior transitions, many of the United States Attorneys nominated by the previous administration already have left the Department of Justice,” Flores said.
A number of federal prosecutors appointed during the Obama-era have already left their posts. Of the 93 U.S. attorneys, 46 remain from the former administration.
“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,” said the statement.
Until the new U.S. Attorneys are confirmed, the remaining prosecutors in Sessions’ office “will continue the great work of the Department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders,” the statement added.
Sessions’ decision comes amid concerns from Trump aides that officials who served under Obama could be responsible for a series of leaks to the media in recent weeks, and have encouraged the president to cut off ties with all Obama loyalists.
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