The cleansing process for all Obama hold overs in the Trump administration continues as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just asked 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by the former Democrat President to tender their resignation.
Sessions has firmly ordered the resignation of the said nearly four dozen federal prosecutors in order to guarantee a uniform transition. Such is consistent with the normal process of U.S. attorneys being replaced at the beginning of new administration. Sessions' order was announced by Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores in a statement. Flores also said that Sessions order is consistent with the practice of prior transitions.
Half of the previous 93 U.S. attorneys from the Obama era has already left. In order to ensure smooth transition, however, the DOJ has also announced that career prosecutors in Sessions' office would proceed with their investigations and prosecutions until the new U.S. attorneys are confirmed.
The DOJ also made the clarification that the call for the resignation applies to all remaining 46 U.S. attorneys from the Obama era, Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, this despite reports that Bharara supposedly met with President Trump after the election, with the agreement that Bharara would stay in his post. Unconfirmed reports also said Sessions previously asked Bharara to remain in place.
President Trump is not even required to accept the resignations once they are submitted. Although the resignation and replacement of U.S. attorneys at the start of every new administration is standard procedure and the Trump administration has from the start pledged for an orderly transition, top Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein is still complaining that Sessions' order is an "abrupt firing" of federal prosecutors arguing that disruptions in ongoing federal cases should be avoided.