Biden’s Justice Department Begins Replacing Trump-Appointed U.S. Attorneys
'We are committed to ensuring a seamless transition'
The Biden Department of Justice has started replacing Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys, the DOJ said Tuesday.
The statement said:
“Continuing the practice of new administrations, President Biden and the Department of Justice have begun the transition process for the U.S. Attorneys."
Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson said in the statement:
"We are committed to ensuring a seamless transition. Until U.S. Attorney nominees are confirmed, the interim and acting leaders in the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices will make sure that the department continues to accomplish its critical law enforcement mission, vigorously defend the rule of law and pursue the fair and impartial administration of justice for all."
All of the Trump administration's presidential appointees offered their resignations this year.
However, U.S. Marshals were asked to remain in place temporarily.
One-third of the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are now led by acting or interim leadership.
But according to CNN, at least one U.S. attorney will be allowed to stay, which is Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is currently overseeing the financial probe into Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
Special counsel U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is investigating the origins of the Obama-era investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign, is also expected to resign but continue his special counsel investigation, CNN reported.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not answer the question as to whether Biden had spoken to Acting AG Wilkinson about the decision to allow Weiss and Durham to remain.
“These were decisions that were made in order to fulfill his promise of maintaining independence.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), previously urged Wilkinson “not to interfere in or call off” current investigations.
The explosive New York Post story exposed emails sent from adviser to Ukrainian energy company Burisma, Vadym Pozharskyi, to Hunter Biden, thanking him for helping arrange a meeting with his then-VP father.
Hunter Biden says the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised his legal counsel yesterday that they are investigating his tax affairs. pic.twitter.com/rYDWCpWgka— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 9, 2020
Following the story, the investigation into Hunter Biden’s financial affairs became public, as investigators took hold of a laptop dropped off at a computer repair shop.
“I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisers,” the younger Biden said in a statement in December.
There are now 56 Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys remaining out of the 93 U.S. attorney slots filled by acting officials.
Biden’s request to replace U.S. attorneys is more abrupt than past White Houses, the Hill reported.
Former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush requested attorneys to resign over a more extended period of time.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested 46 Obama appointees to resign immediately, but they did not do so until March 2017.
Biden could keep acting D.C. U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin, who is overseeing the investigation into the breach of the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.
“President [Joe] Biden will make announcements regarding his nominations to the Senate of new U.S. Attorneys as that information becomes available,” the DOJ statement said.