No more Mr. Nice Guy! AG Jeff Sessions asks 46 Obama-era US attorneys to hit the road

It’s no more “Mr. Nice Guy” from here on out.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has always conducted himself as the epitome of the Southern gentleman, but he’s had enough. Between leaks to the media and recalcitrant staff, he’s cleaning house.

Sessions announced Friday that he asked for the resignations of 46 Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys, according to The Hill.

“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. The attorney general has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed US attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition,” Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said.

“Until the new U.S. attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. attorney’s offices will continue the great work of the department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders,” Flores said.

The Hill reported:

DOJ did not immediately respond to questions on whether the call for resignations applies to Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Bharara reportedly met with Trump after the election and agreed to remain in his position during the Trump administration. Sessions also asked him to stay, the prosecutor told The New York Times.

Democracy 21, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the Campaign Legal Center sent a letter this week asking Bharara to investigate whether Trump has received payments or other benefits from foreign governments through his business interests.

 

Friday’s action by the attorney general certainly has the blessing of Fox News host Sean Hannity who recommended that the Trump administration get rid of the dead weight and the previous administration’s “saboteurs.”

It also had the blessing of the president’s supporters.

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The only question now is, who’s next?

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