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According to multiple sources, the Justice Department, as early as Tuesday, is expected to seek the resignations of as many as 56 U.S. attorneys appointed by Donald Trump; nearly all of Trump’s appointees. Two exceptions, according to a senior Justice Department official, are John Durham, who is leading the investigation into the Trump-Russia probe, and David Weiss, who is overseeing the investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes.
Just one problem.
During a joint interview with CNN in early December, Kamala Harris said “We will not tell the Justice Department how to do its job,” adding “Any decision coming out of the Justice Department … should be based on facts, should be based on the law, should not be influenced by politics. Period.”
Biden seconded the pledge: “I guarantee you that that’s how it will be run.”
To be fair, a changeover of U.S. attorneys by an incoming administration is routine, as reported by CNN. In 2017, Trump’s then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked 47 Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign, while allowing a few to remain for a short time — but most were asked to leave immediately. That said, Biden is on record as having strongly opposed such changeovers — selectively, of course.
President Biden’s leftist agenda could play out in the nation’s federal courts according to reports of post-election judges stepping down. https://t.co/6Wdh6Lt4md
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 9, 2021
Just one more problem.
As I suggested above, in Biden’s case, there’s just one more problem.
In 2007, then-Sen. Joe Biden threw a fit when George W. Bush’s then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired just eight U.S. attorneys — for “political reasons,” he charged, as he promptly called on Gonzales to resign.
In an April 2007 interview with Fox News host Chris Wallace, as reported by Real Clear Politics, Biden was adamant that Gonzales should be forced to resign for replacing the U.S. attorneys, telling Wallace that Gonzales had become a “creature of the president, not the attorney for the people as well as representing the president.”
“[T]here’s an article in one of the major newspapers out that this [George W. Bush] administration, more than any other, and that covers a lot, including Nixon and others, went out and put U.S. attorneys in spots who were the cronies – wrong word, that’s not fair – who were the employees of the White House and the Justice Department who were loyal directly to [then-Attorney General Alberto] Gonzales and to the political people in the White House. That is highly, highly unusual.”
In a statement Biden said he had entered into the Congressional Record about why he believed Gonzales should resign, he said firing U.S. attorneys for “crass political reasons” would “shatter the American people’s faith that their laws will be enforced impartially, and with the integrity we expect from our prosecutors.” Um, Joe?
Yet, in another hall-of-fame-worthy display of blatant hypocrisy, as noted by The Blaze, Biden had no concern in 1993 when former President Bill Clinton fired 93 of the 94 U.S. attorneys when he entered office. Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, Biden refused a request from then-Minority Leader Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) to hold hearings on Clinton’s “packing of the U.S. Attorney’s Office with his loyalists.”
Joe being Joe.