President Trump on Thursday quietly changed the order of succession at the Justice Department, wiping out an order issued by former President Obama days before leaving office.
The change was made in an executive order published Friday on the White House website, one of the few Trump did not sign in a photo op.
The order was first reported by USA Today.
Trump signed the order on the same day he swore in Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE an attorney general. It lays out who would succeed Sessions in the event of his death, resignation or incapacitation.
Because Sessions’s deputies have not been confirmed, he would be succeeded by Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Trump picked Boente, an Obama appointee, as acting attorney general after he fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates because she refused to defend his travel ban in court.
After Boente, the position would fall to Zachary Fardon, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and then to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson.
Obama changed the order of succession one week before he left office, placing the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia behind the department’s senior leadership. Below Fardon was the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California.
Trump did not change the top of the succession order, which includes the deputy attorney general, the associate attorney general and “any officers designated by the attorney general.”
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