It’s been a busy few weeks for new Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Shortly after being confirmed by the Senate, reports began to circulate that he met with the Russian ambassador twice during the 2016 campaign. Despite the fact that the meetings were part of his duties as a Senator, many Democrats accused him of lying under oath during his confirmation hearing. The controversy led many to speculate that Sessions would resign his position.
Of course, Sessions didn’t intentionally mislead the Senate. Clearly, he was being asked whether or not he had contact with the Russians as a representative of the Trump campaign, which he did not. Nonetheless, Sessions decided to recuse himself from any investigation of Russian involvement in the election to put an end to the controversy.
With the fake perjury controversy barely behind him, Sessions is now moving to shake up the Justice Department in a huge way.
From the Washington Examiner:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday asked the remaining 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by President Obama to resign.
According to the Justice Department, those resignations will “ensure a uniform transition.”
Shortly after, the Justice Department released a statement:
“Until the new U.S. attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutions in our U.S. Attorney’s Offices will continue the great work of the department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders,” said spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores in a statement Friday afternoon.
The move comes as President Trump works to fill out the Justice Department with his own appointees, a process that has been slow due to obstruction from Democrats.
Although the move is sure to bring more controversy from liberals, the shake up is necessary to transition the department to a new administration. After all, it wasn’t long ago that Obama holdover Sally Yates was openly defying her boss in public, forcing President Trump to fire her.
More on this story as it develops…
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]