It’s not uncommon for an incoming president to “clean house” by firing or asking for the resignation of the former president’s officials and appointees, but President Joe Biden just made clear that he’s taking that to the extreme.
According to the Washington Times, Biden’s Department of Justice will reportedly ask every U.S. Attorney appointed by former President Donald Trump to resign, with the notable exception of just two who are currently overseeing high-profile cases, including a case involving the president’s son, so as to not violate any ethics rules.
CNN reported on Monday night that some 56 Trump-appointed U.S. Attorneys will be asked to resign their positions as the Biden administration presumably prepares to fill those roles with lawyers more closely-aligned with the Biden agenda.
Monty Wilkinson, the acting U.S. Attorney General, has reportedly asked Delaware-based U.S. Attorney David Weiss to stay on the job. Weiss is the U.S. Attorney in charge of investigating Hunter Biden’s so-called “tax issues,” an investigation that was announced earlier this year in a bombshell report.
The other person asked to stay at his desk is John Durham, a name that America has become familiar with, as Durham has made his fair share of headlines in the investigation into the people and circumstances that led to the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into Trump at the beginning of his first and only term in the White House.
Durham will reportedly retire anyway, according to reports, but before former Attorney General William Barr resigned his post, he appointed Durham as a “special counsel,” which will allow him to carry out his investigation without hindrance from Biden’s DOJ.
According to USA Today, the mass resignations are expected to take place over the coming weeks, which is markedly different that Trump’s approach, as the former president made a similar move upon entering office in 2017, demanding that Obama-era U.S. Attorneys immediately resign.
Biden’s pick to head up the DOJ, Merrick Garland, has yet to be confirmed by the Senate, which is due to the upper chamber proceeding with the second impeachment trial of Mr. Trump.