Why Trump’s purge of U.S. attorneys bypassed Atlanta’s top prosecutor

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President Donald Trump’s demand that 46 U.S. attorneys to resign and immediately vacate their offices bypassed two of Georgia’s three lead federal prosecutors.

The Friday order, which took Washington by surprise, included only the U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama.

That meant John Horn, who heads the Atlanta-based Northern District office, and Pete Peterman, who leads the Macon-based Middle District, were unscathed. Both were the top deputies in their offices when their previous bosses left, and an Obama-tapped replacement was never confirmed by the Senate.

“Acting (U.S. attorneys) aren’t presidentially appointed and are career attorneys,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.

On the outs is Ed Tarver of the Southern District, which includes Savannah and Augusta. Appointed by Obama in 2009 and confirmed by a unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate, the former state legislator briefly considered a challenge last year to Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Most presidents choose their own appointees for the coveted U.S. attorney positions, and most typically ask those appointed by their predecessors to leave. But Trump’s request was more abrupt than other presidents, some of whom let U.S. attorneys stagger their departures to finish major cases.

Horn became the acting U.S. Attorney in Atlanta after Sally Yates, his predecessor, was tapped by Obama in 2014 to be the No. 2 at the Justice Department. And she became a hero to liberals – and a target of conservatives – after she was fired by Trump for refusing to enforce his immigration ban.

She’s now joined by another high-profile federal prosecutor in the ranks of the Trump outcasts: Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, refused to follow Trump’s order to resign and on Saturday he announced on Twitter that he had been fired.

 


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Carl Reitz
Carl Reitz

Thank You .. about time to get Obama's people out of office .. !

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Dumpster did it to stop all the investigations into his illegal activities, so he thought.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Nolan Sims your a special kind of moron.

Nolan Sims
Nolan Sims

no, he did it to get rid of the KENYAN CATASTROPHES minions that were betraying him!

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Probably slipped his feeble mind--or that of President Bannon.

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Robert C Bergl
Robert C Bergl

It's okay when all the other presidents before him did it though. Right?

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

As always the comprehension level of the right is on display. The article and history clearly show that this was unorthodox as most US attorneys are allowed to close cases before dismissal. It just shows how disdain for a branch of government that thankful will keep him in check.

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

As does most AG she dismissed them as they winded down and as cases permitted.

Susan Coppola Gill
Susan Coppola Gill

Then why did Clinton's AG, Janet Reno, fire all 93? Comprehension of the left, perhaps?

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

"Ms. Reno said United States Attorneys "are absolutely integral to the whole success of the Department of Justice," and her aides said today that she did not intend to immediately remove any whose presence was required to complete an investigation." "Ms. Reno said she wanted the resignations "so that the U.S. Attorneys presently in position will know where they stand and that we can begin to build a team." http://www.nytimes.com/1993/03/24/us/attorney-general-seeks-resignations-from-prosecutors.html

Michael Swint
Michael Swint

Clinton fire 93 attorney's nobody batted an eye. Trump gets rid of half that and the liberals are losing their minds

Patty Hopper
Patty Hopper

My understanding is they waited for the newly appointed attorneys to be in place prior to asking for their resignation so cases could transition. Which is normal procedure. As usual Trump doesn't care about procedure or transition, or maintaining order.

Kent Altom
Kent Altom

I thought Al Gore invented the internet.

Patrick Cole
Patrick Cole

I'm sure people didn't like it back then, but there was no internet for every Joe Schmoe to voice their concerns.

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

"Ms. Reno said United States Attorneys "are absolutely integral to the whole success of the Department of Justice," and her aides said today that she did not intend to immediately remove any whose presence was required to complete an investigation." "Ms. Reno said she wanted the resignations "so that the U.S. Attorneys presently in position will know where they stand and that we can begin to build a team." http://www.nytimes.com/1993/03/24/us/attorney-general-seeks-resignations-from-prosecutors.html

weetamoe
weetamoe

The Clintons in 1993 fired all of them as soon as they moved into the White House. Did you forget--the same way you forgot that slaves were referred to as immigrants by Jack Kennedy in 1958 and by Barack Obama some 10 or 11 times over the past 8 years?

Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher

Trump's only mistake was not getting rid of these Democrats earlier.