Sessions asks 46 Obama-era U.S. attorneys to resign

  • Federal prosecutors, 46 of Obama administration asked to resign;
  • Bharara had earlier told reporters Trump agreed he stays;
  • It has been my greatest honor to serve my country – Capers;

The United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has demanded the resignation of left-over 46 chief federal prosecutors from the Obama administration, coupled with Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara who was earlier asked to continue serving in that capacity in November by then President-elect Donald Trump.

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Obama appointee, is expected to remain in his post according to a law enforcement official. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department confirmed the resignation requests served to Bharara, although it is not immediately ascertained if all resignations would be immediately granted.

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The turn-around was not clear to Bharara since it’s uncertain if the person who contacted him was aware that President Trump had requested him to stay in office, a source knowledgeable about the development noted.

Preet’s office is tasked with most of the grave business and criminal cases passing through the federal judicial system.

Prosecutors get appointed as U.S. attorneys politically and the new administration’s request for resignation tender is part of the normalcy when a new governments takes power – not all administration overhauls serving U.S. attorneys same time.

Earlier, Bharara had met with Trump in his Tower on Nov. 30; thereafter Bharara told reporters he had a “good meeting” with Trump and he allowed him to stay on board.

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The Justice Department statement said: “Until the new U.S. attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. attorney’s offices will continue the great work of the department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders.”

As waves of resignation turn in, Robert Capers, a U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, issued a statement saying he was asked to resign his position. Robert said Bridget Rohde, chief assistant in that office would replace him in acting capacity in the meantime.

“It has been my greatest honor to serve my country, New York City and the people of this district for almost 14 years, with the last 17 months serving as United States Attorney,” Capers said.





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