Justice Department Expected To Ask Trump-Appointed Attorneys To Resign

U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump will be expected to resign soon in an anticipated request by the Department of Justice (DOJ), a request that will affect 56 U.S. attorneys appointed by Trump. A Justice Department official has indicated that the request would not include prosecutors from Delaware and Connecticut, as these two attorneys are involved in sensitive Trump-era investigations.

Attorney General Monty Wilkinson asked Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss on Monday to remain in his current role, and continue to conduct the tax probe of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. John Durham of Connecticut will also continue investigating the Trump-Russia probe. Additionally, the Biden administration may keep Michael Sherwin, the D.C. attorney, in his current role of investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Even though the resignation and appointment of U.S. attorneys is a normal part of the presidential transition of power, distrust of the Trump Administration has caused issues for the Biden administration’s agenda. While awaiting Senate confirmation of Merrick Garland as attorney general, the Biden Administration has appointed an acting attorney general. Though Garland’s confirmation was scheduled for February 8, it has been delayed due to efforts by former Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.

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