Trump allowing two US attorneys to stay in their jobs to reach early retirements

Trump allowing two US attorneys to stay in their jobs to reach early retirements
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The Trump administration is allowing two U.S. attorneys to remain in office despite its call for sweeping resignations so that they can reach service requirements to qualify for an early retirement.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly and Richard Hartunian, the U.S. attorney for New York's Northern District, have both returned to work despite offering resignations last Friday, according to statements from their offices.

Federal workers over the age of 50 qualify for early retirement in "involuntary separation cases and in cases of voluntary separations during a major reorganization or reduction in force," according to the Office of Personnel Management, but only if they've worked for 20 years. President Trump's decision to replace attorneys appointed by former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhat midterm exit polls tell us about 2020 To save arms control, House Dems should act like a GOP senator Barack Obama promotes Michelle's memoir: It 'tells her quintessentially American story' MORE apparently qualifies under those stipulations.


Without qualifying for early retirement, federal employees reach retirement eligibility between their 55th and 57th birthdays.

“I thank the Attorney General and the Administration for affording me the opportunity to remain as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut so that I might complete 20 years of service to the Department of Justice in October,” Daly said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the residents of Connecticut in my remaining time, and I will focus on an orderly transition as I complete what has been a rewarding tenure in the Office.”

Hartunian also thanked the White House and Sessions in a statement of his own, according to The New York Law Journal, in which he said he was "very grateful" for being afforded the opportunity to hit his 20 years of service.

The administration's decision to ask all 46 remaining Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys caught some off-guard, particularly since Trump had told U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara to stay on months ago.

But calling for wholesale resignations of politically appointed attorneys is not unique to the Trump administration — previous administrations regularly do so, although not all at once.