An article in the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has requested the resignations of the remaining 46 US Attorneys in their respective federal judicial districts.
Of the 93 US Attorneys heading each of the 94 federal judicial districts, 47 of them had already resigned (districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands share a USA). Each US Attorney is a political appointee who serves at the pleasure of the President.
Idaho’s former US Attorney, Wendy Jo Olson, bailed out on February 25, 2017. Olson joined the Boise law firm of Stoel Rives LLP.
First Assistant US Attorney Rafael Gonzalez Jr. will serve as the interim US Attorney for the District of Idaho until a permanent replacement is nominated by the President and confirmed by the US Senate.
Some of the US Attorneys may be asked by President Trump to remain. OpenCdA hopes Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, will be one who is. In fact, we think it would be fun to watch some of Idaho’s roaches scramble for cover if Bharara were to seek appointment in the District of Idaho. The reality is Idaho is likely to get some politically-connected local loser who will recuse himself or herself from any case with even a hint of personal political jeopardy and who will be guided not by the law but by certain key political and business figures here.