What the Mass Purge of U.S. Attorneys Means for Weed

hightimes.com – By Chris Roberts – Last week, the Justice Department announced what sounded like a drastic, desperate overhaul of how it does business: 46 local U.S. attorneys appointed by Barack Obama were asked by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. Some went quietly; others, like Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for Manhattan (who said that Donald Trump had personally asked him to stay on in November), refused and later publicly announced that Trump had him fired.

You can be forgiven for forgetting—so much has happened in the last few weeks—but this is a regular occurrence. United States attorneys, who head up district offices throughout the country and set policy, are political appointees; the prosecutors and investigators who work under them are career officials and stay put. Every president over the past few decades has cleaned house in this way, removing the past president’s political choices in favor of his own.

But since this is Donald Trump, nothing is regular or normal.

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