Biden DOJ To Request Trump-Appointed US Attorneys’ Resignation

President Joe Biden delivers remarks before signing a "Made in America" Executive Order at the White House on January 25, 2021. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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February 9, 2021 8:05 a.m.

The Justice Department will ask 56 U.S. attorneys who had been appointed by ex-President Donald Trump to resign from their posts on Tuesday, according to CNN and the HuffPost.

Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson has reportedly asked Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, whose office is currently investigating the tax affairs of the President’s son, Hunter Biden, to stay.

CNN also reports that Michael Sherwin, a career official who is serving as acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, may also be kept in the department even when Biden taps a new attorney to lead the office. Sherwin is in charge of the investigation into the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last month.

HuffPost reports that John Durham, who was appointed by former Attorney General Bill Barr as special counsel to investigate the origins of Trump’s much-hated Russia probe, will still carry out the probe but will be asked to resign from his post as U.S. attorney for Connecticut.

Though a new president asking holdovers from the former administration to resign is fairly routine, the request carries additional weight given how Trump often attempted to weaponize the Justice department as his own personal law firm.

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