Does The President Get To Decide Who Will Be US Attorneys?
NOTE: My title is facetious - see Jeralyn on the process. In a WaPo article today, there seems to be some controversy about whether the President of the United States gets to decide who will be US Attorneys in his Administration:
One of the better spoils of winning the presidency is the power to appoint nearly 100 top prosecutors across the country. But filling the plum jobs has become a test of competing priorities for President Obama. While he pledged bipartisanship during his campaign, replacing the cadre of mostly conservative U.S. attorneys would signal a new direction. When President Bill Clinton took office, he fired all U.S. attorneys at once, provoking intense criticism in the conservative legal community and among career lawyers at the Justice Department.
President George W. Bush took a different approach, slowly releasing several of the prosecutors but keeping in place Mary Jo White, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, while she pursued terrorism cases and a politically sensitive investigation of Clinton's pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich.
(Emphasis supplied.) Is this accurate? Not really, according to this 2007 LATimes article:
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