Friday, December 05, 2008

Two US Attorneys Refuse to Resign [updtd]

Lots of people have this story about U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan. The crux:

As Think Progress reports, when a new president is elected, U.S. attorneys generally submit their resignations to make way for the new appointees. But one loyal Bushie isn't ready to quit:

Despite a new administration coming into power, U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan said she plans to stick around.

"It doesn't serve justice for all the U.S. attorneys to submit their resignations all at one time," she said yesterday.

She's not the only one. Hawaii's Bush-appointed USAtty, Edward Kubo, said in November that he won't resign. Update 2: And another.

Has this happened before? With incoming Republicans, especially?

Update: This may be a story about nothing. Here we have past examples of USAttys who refused to resign, one in 1969 under incoming Nixon. It also points out that Janet Reno, in March, 1993 - two months after Clinton took office - demanded the resignation of all 93 USAttys, who hadn't, obviously, by that time already resigned.

USAtty job description, from the Justice Dept.


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