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President Joe Biden campaigned on an agenda of unity and called for bringing the nation together after, what he said was, four years of division by former President Donald Trump.
He conveniently ignored the division brought by former President Obama and his administration but, nevertheless, he promised unity.
But he has abandoned his calls for unity and become as partisan as every president before him in recent history, now asking United States attorneys appointed by former President Trump to resign, CNN reported.
The Justice Department on Tuesday asked US attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump to submit their resignations, a turnover that spares two top prosecutors in Delaware and Connecticut overseeing two sensitive Trump-era investigations.
The resignations are effective February 28, US attorneys were told on a conference call with acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson, according to two Justice officials familiar with the matter. A number of acting US attorneys who aren’t Senate confirmed or who were appointed by the courts are expected to remain in their posts until a Biden appointee is approved by the Senate, prosecutors were told Tuesday.
Delaware US Attorney David Weiss has been asked to remain in office, where he is overseeing the tax probe of Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son. John Durham, appointed as special counsel by former Attorney General William Barr to reinvestigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, will also continue his work, but he is expected to resign as US attorney in Connecticut, a Justice official said.
The resignation request applies to 56 Senate-confirmed US attorneys appointed by Trump.
This is not uncommon, as former President Trump did the same with US attorneys appointed by former President Obama, but it is startling for a president who has called for unity but now appears to want everything to be partisan.
And his decision even annoyed some prominent Democrat Senators, namely Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, who were disappointed that they were not consulted on President Biden’s decision to terminate US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch.
“While we agree with the Biden Administration’s criminal justice agenda, we are disappointed with the decision to terminate U.S. Attorney Lausch without consulting us. In 2017, our non-partisan screening committee gave its support for Mr. Lausch to serve in this position, and the Senate confirmed him unanimously,” the pair of senators said.
“While the President has the right to remove U.S. Attorneys, there is precedent for U.S. Attorneys in the Northern District of Illinois to remain in office to conclude sensitive investigations. We believe Mr. Lausch should be permitted to continue in his position until his successor is confirmed by the Senate, and we urge the Biden Administration to allow him to do so,” they said.
President Biden is getting rid of the appointees from former President Trump because there is a distrust of his administration’s picks by the Biden administration.
It even led the Biden administration to appoint an acting attorney general as it waits for the confirmation of Merrick Garland, which was delayed by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham who has opposed moving swiftly on Garland.