Biden's DOJ begins replacing Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys

Biden's DOJ begins replacing Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that it is beginning the process of replacing U.S. attorneys appointed by the Trump administration as President BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE looks to install his own picks for federal prosecutors. 

The turnover process is anticipated to impact 56 out of 93 U.S. attorneys across the country who will be given weeks to finish up their work. The rest are career prosecutors who are already in their jobs on an acting basis or interim U.S. attorneys. 

Politico reported Tuesday that the U.S. attorney for Delaware, David Weiss, who is directing an investigation into the finances of the president's son Hunter Biden, will remain in his post. John DurhamJohn DurhamGarland stresses independence in first speech at DOJ Senate votes to confirm Garland as attorney general Special counsel investigating Russia probe to retire as US attorney MORE, who is overseeing a special counsel probe into the start of the investigation into former President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE’s alleged ties to Russia, will also reportedly continue serving as a special counsel but give up his U.S. attorney job representing the District of Connecticut. 


“We are committed to ensuring a seamless transition,” Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson said.“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.” 

While the replacement of attorneys from prior administrations is common, Biden's rollout is more abrupt than in past White Houses. Former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush asked U.S. attorneys to resign over a broader period of time. Former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE also asked 46 Obama appointees to resign immediately but did not do so until March 2017.

Biden is also looking to get his pick for attorney general, Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandHas Trump beaten the system? Biden administration moves to withdraw death penalty requests in seven cases Federal gun trafficking strike forces launched in five cities MORE, confirmed to lead the DOJ, though squabbling in the Senate has delayed his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee while the Senate conducts a second impeachment trial of Trump. 

Biden has not yet indicated who he’d like to install to replace the federal prosecutors, but the jobs are considered top posts for rising attorneys, particularly those who are looking to later run for public office.