When Will Trump Replace 93 U.S. Attorneys?

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making aggressive law enforcement a top priority, but he does not have a single U.S. Attorney in place to lead his tough-on-crime efforts, the Washington Post reports. Last month, Sessions abruptly told the dozens of remaining Obama administration U.S. attorneys to leave immediately, and none of them or the 47 who had already left have been replaced. “We really need to work hard at that,” Sessions said when asked yesterday about the vacancies as he opened a meeting with federal law enforcement officials. The 93 unfilled U.S. attorney positions are among the hundreds of critical Trump administration jobs that remain open.

Sessions is also without the heads of his top units, including the civil rights, criminal and national security divisions, as he tries to reshape the Justice Department. U.S. attorneys, who prosecute federal crimes from offices around the nation, are critical to implementing an attorney general’s law enforcement agenda. Former Justice Department officials say that acting U.S. attorneys do not operate with the same authority when interacting with police chiefs and other law enforcement executives. “It’s like trying to win a baseball game without your first-string players on the field,” said Ronald Weich, who ran the Justice Department’s legislative affairs division during Obama’s first term, adding that the Trump administration “is clearly way behind in achieving that goal.” Rod Rosenstein, Trump’s nominee for deputy attorney general, is not on board. He is expected to be confirmed by the Senate this month.

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