The Justice Department is expected to ask 56 US attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump to submit their resignations, according to CNN.
Two attorneys expected to be saved as part of the move are top prosecutors involved in sensitive cases, who started investigations during Mr Trump’s time in office.
Of the 94 US attorneys serving in the US, 25 of them are in acting positions after several of Mr Trump’s appointees resigned following his defeat in November 2020’s presidential election.
Officials in the Justice Department have scheduled a call with US attorneys on Tuesday to discuss the transition, which is expected to take weeks to implement.
Although the request will apply to 56 of the US attorneys appointed by Mr Trump, the move is seen as standard for a new administration.
At the start of Mr Trump’s presidency, his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, asked 46 of US attorneys appointed by former President Barack Obama to resign.
Although a minority of those attorneys were able to stay in their role for a few more weeks, a majority were made to leave their position immediately. »