On March 10, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignations of 46 US Attorneys, causing consternation among Democrats, many of whom say the request was unexpected and precipitous. For example, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) issued a series of tweets on Sunday in which she blasted the Trump administration and called into question the decision to replace the officials. She tweeted: “Donald Trump talked a big game about getting corruption out of gov. But he wants a bunch of tame prosecutors who won’t investigate him.”
Even so, the practice has plenty of precedent in previous conduct by Democrats in the White House. For example, when Janet Reno began working for Bill Clinton as attorney general, she summarily fired 93 US attorneys for 93 of the 94 federal districts. This number is more than twice the number fired by Sessions. The 46 fired by Sessions were the ones left over from the Obama administration who had not yet moved on.
On Saturday, Preet Bharara was fired as US Attorney after he refused to resign. Sen. Warren was in a pique about the dismissal, warning on Twitter that President Trump sought the ouster only for political reasons and claiming that Trump will not replace "real prosecutors with cronies without a massive fight."
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who was one of the members of Congress who refused to attend Trump’s inauguration, was similarly incensed about the dismissals. Speaking “This Week," Cummings said, "Just not very long ago, the president was saying that he was going to keep the U.S. attorney there in New York. And then, suddenly, he's, I guess, changed his mind. I'm just curious as to why that is," Cummings said. "And certainly, there's a lot of questions coming up as to whether Mr. Trump is—President Trump is concerned about the jurisdiction of this U.S. attorney and whether that might affect his future."
Some progressive organizations wrote a joint letter to Bharara and requested that he initiate an investigation into Trump’s supposed conflicts of interests. The letter read: “Democracy 21, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the Campaign Legal Center request that you undertake an investigation to determine if the Trump Organization LLC, the Trump Organization, Inc., and any related Trump businesses based in the Southern District of New York are receiving payments and financial benefits from foreign governments that benefit President Donald Trump and that do not comply with Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, the ‘Foreign Emoluments Clause.’”