Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to be rapidly purging the Department of Justice of every single Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney.
According to The Hill, Sessions ordered all 46 U.S. attorneys serving in the Department of Justice to tender their resignations immediately. DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said the mass firings were needed for a “smooth transition” at the agency.
“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 in defense of the firings.
This wave of layoffs — oddly enough — is eerily similar to an event that happened almost exactly ten years ago, when former President George W. Bush fired a handful of U.S. attorneys who were prosecuting cases that could have proved harmful to Republican elected officials.
The Hill reported that all ongoing investigations handled by those attorneys will now be conducted by career prosecutors within the Attorney General’s office until new U.S. attorneys are appointed by the Trump administration.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.