DOJ to seek resignations of most Trump-appointed US attorneys: report

The Justice Department plans to seek the resignation of most U.S. attorneys appointed by former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE, CNN reported Monday. 

The transition move between administrations is expected to impact 56 U.S. attorneys who were confirmed by the Senate, a senior Justice Department official told CNN. The official said the calls for such resignations may begin as early as Tuesday.

The official said the process is anticipated to take weeks but did not indicate when the resignations would take effect. Department officials reportedly have scheduled a call with U.S. attorneys for the transition. 

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But President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE’s Justice Department plans to keep at least two prosecutors to continue their work. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson requested Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss to stay on during a Monday call in order to keep working on his investigation into the president's son, Hunter Biden, according to CNN.

Special counsel John DurhamJohn DurhamClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE, appointed by former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Milley moved to limit Trump military strike abilities after Jan. 6, Woodward book claims: report MORE, will also be asked to continue his investigation into the origins of the previous probe into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia. But he will resign as U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut. 

The Justice Department did not immediately return The Hill's request for comment.

The move to ask for the resignation of a previous administration's appointed U.S. attorneys is seen as a mostly routine move.

Trump’s first attorney general, 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, called on 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Obama to resign. Currently, 25 of the 94 U.S. attorneys are operating in an acting manner after several appointed by Trump resigned following his election loss.   

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Acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. Michael Sherwin, a career prosecutor appointed by Barr, is also expected to keep pursuing investigations into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Biden has chosen Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandGrassley calls for federal prosecutor to probe botched FBI Nassar investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Woman allegedly abused by Nassar after he was reported to FBI: 'I should not be here' MORE to serve as his attorney general, but Garland has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. His confirmation hearing was initially requested to begin on Monday, but Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (S.C.), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, denied that request in early February citing Trump's second impeachment trial, beginning on Tuesday, as as a "roadblock."

The House impeached Trump a week before the end of his presidency, on a charge of inciting the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 that resulted in five deaths. Trump’s legal team has called for the Senate to dismiss the trial, saying the effort is unconstitutional because he no longer holds office.