Donald Trump’s presidency will succeed or fail based in large part on whether he allows left-wing career bureaucrats from previous administrations to undermine him from within. Thankfully, Attorney General Jeff Sessions just signaled that he recognizes the danger, and has taken a significant step toward nipping it in the bud.
The Daily Caller reports that Sessions has requested the resignation of every remaining US Attorney appointed by Barack Obama:
A U.S. attorney is the chief federal prosecutor in a particular jurisdiction. It has become standard practice during recent transitions for appointees of the previous administration to leave the Department of Justice in the early months of a new presidency. President Ronald Reagan replaced 89 U.S. attorneys during the early months of his presidency. President Bill Clinton dismissed 93 when he assumed office.
“As was the case in prior transitions, many of the United States Attorneys nominated by the previous administration already have left the Department of Justice,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. “The Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition.”
This news is incredibly welcome. As we explained yesterday, Obama turned the DOJ into a hotbed of partisan legal manipulation, subverting the law on issue after issue and abusing their authority to punish the president’s political enemies.
Of course, this is only the first step. Now, Sessions’ counterparts in charge of the State Department, EPA, Education Department, and scores of other departments and agencies need to do the same if Trump is to have any hope of reforming and restraining the federal government.