Washington, D.C. – On March 10, 2017, the Trump Department of Justice asked all 46 sitting U.S. attorneys to resign from office. At least one U.S. attorney resisted that request—and on March 11, 2017, President Trump fired Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Today, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), together with Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ask about his decision to fire these officials without warning, and without an apparent plan for their replacement. The members ask explicitly whether this course of action is related to any matter currently under investigation by a U.S. attorney’s office. The members also called on the Justice Department to provide a summary of all pending investigations involving members of the Trump Administration, campaign, transition or organization.