The Biden Administration’s Department of Justice asking Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign should be an opportunity to diversify the roles, if campaign pledges have anything to do with it. Cleaning house, Biden has an opportunity to bring in a new crop of prosecutors committed to the values of the current administration.
As NewsOne previously reported, the prior administration had the highest percentage of white men appointees when compared to the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations. More than 80% of U.S. Attorneys Trump appointed were white men.
All but two prosecutors were asked to submit their resignation effective February 28.
While asking appointees of a prior administration to resign is a commonly accepted practice, rushing to remove individuals appointed by the prior administration could also be a matter of trust. Distrust of the former administration arguably led Biden to appoint a career official as the acting attorney general.
A controversial U.S. Attorney from Pennsylvania stepped down at the beginning of the year. David J. Freed, former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, drew attention last year for placing partisan interests above the integrity of an election-related investigation. Freed broke protocol by issuing a statement about an ongoing investigation into a potential issue with overseas ballots in Luzerne County, feeding into Trump’s unfounded allegations of fraud. Election officials later clarified the incident as one of administrative error.
Acting U.S. Attorneys remain in place until new appointees can be confirmed. The Office of the U.S. Attorneys is a section of the Department of Justice. Merrick Garland, Biden’s choice for Attorney General, is still waiting for his confirmation hearing.
Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson said the office was committed to a seamless transition.
“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,” said Wilkinson in a statement.
Wilkinson noted that one-third of the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices were already under the leadership of interim leaders prior to the transition announcement. CNN reported that 25 acting U.S. Attorneys were already in place.
Here Are All The Black People In Joe Biden's Cabinet And His Most Senior Advisers
1. Adewale Adeyemo, Deputy Treasury SecretarySource:Twitter 1 of 19
2. Gen. Lloyd Austin, Department of DefenseSource:Getty 2 of 19
3. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, vice chair of the Democratic National CommitteeSource:Getty 3 of 19
4. Kirsten Clarke, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights DivisionSource:Getty 4 of 19
5. Ashley Etienne, Kamala Harris’ Chief Communications Director5 of 19
6. Tina Flournoy, Vice President's Chief Of Staff6 of 19
7. Rep. Marcia Fudge, Housing and Urban DevelopmentSource:Getty 7 of 19
8. Joelle Gamble, National Economic CouncilSource:Courtesy of Biden-Harris Transition Team 8 of 19
9. Shuwanza Goff, Deputy Director Of The White House Office Of Legislative AffairsSource:Joe Biden Communications Coalitions 9 of 19
10. Jamie Harrison, DNC ChairSource:Getty 10 of 19
11. Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Deputy Press SecretarySource:Getty 11 of 19
12. Brenda Mallory, Council on Environmental Quality ChairpersonSource:Getty 12 of 19
13. Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Co-Chair of Biden's Coronavirus Task Force13 of 19
14. Michael Regan, EPA14 of 19
15. Susan Rice, White House Domestic Policy Council DirectorSource:Getty 15 of 19
16. Cedric RichmondSource:Getty 16 of 19
17. Cecilia Rouse, Council of Economic Advisors chairpersonSource:Getty 17 of 19
18. Symone Sanders, Vice President's spokesperson18 of 19
19. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, UN AmbassadorSource:Getty 19 of 19
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