Recently the Trump administration took the “supposed” unprecedented move to ask 48 Federal Prosecutors to resign.  One of the prosecutors had been asked in November to remain and he said he would.  When he was on the list to resign the press exploded with comments about how the current administration was acting so unfairly and exploited the terminations to make it appear that Federal Prosecutors being dismissed is an unprecedented act.  Nothing is further from the truth.

The Regan administration has been credited to be the beginning of mass firings of Federal Prosecutors.  President Reagan replaced 89 of 93 Federal Prosecutors in his first two years in the Oval Office.  This was a large turnover and it was done over a quit long time span.

When President Clinton took office, he had all of George Bush’s prosecutors fired and this happened almost immediately.  Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales had the honor to perform the terminations.

Then it was tit for tat as the younger Bush became president.  He also fired most of the Federal Prosecutors but it was more staggered and only after the prosecutors had been polled as to when the best time would be to replace them.  Of course the political card was thrown into the mix as the Democrats called the Bush Republican inspired firings to be politically motivated.

President Obama continued the post-election purge of Federal Prosecutors.  By that time it was all but expected to be replaced if a person was a Federal Prosecutor and a new president took office.  Generally the Attorney General will request letters of resignation to end the term of the Federal Prosecutor in a respectful manner and not declare that the prosecutor was “fired”.

Newly elected President Trump has followed the rule and has requested that Federal Prosecutors resign.  There are a couple of exceptions to what transpired in the past.  First, the Trump administration has so far only asked for the resignation of forty-eight prosecutors, not all ninety-one.  The terminations did happen immediately with little thought to case load.  Secondly, one of the prosecutors refused to resign and has truly been fired.  It was claimed that the fired prosecutor was asked in November to remain in his position but was later asked to resign.  Of course this made head line news and the “mass firings” were thrown out to an unknowledgeable American population.

While the firings of Federal Attorneys are credited to have begun with Reagan, the terminations have taken place over a much longer time span and Louisiana was not immune.  In 1939 the Louisiana Scandals were taking place.  Governor Leche and two hundred other Louisiana citizens to include the president of LSU were indicted.  Two committed suicide and the president of LSU was extradited from Canada following his flee across the border.   Despite the cases initial development in Louisiana and despite that every trial seated by the Louisiana Federal Prosecutor ended in a conviction, the Federal Prosecutor was not reappointed to a second four-year term.

Instead of sensationalizing the replacement of Federal Prosecutors, wouldn’t it be better to get along with the business of running the country.  Let’s get all the new cabinet in place so that the government can a run little bit smoother.  Let’s get our laws enacted that allow the country to run a little more efficient and let’s quit dwelling on individual tax returns and what the first lady is wearing that was first popularized by Jackie Kennedy or analyzing a president’s daughter line of clothing at Macy’s Department Store.  Running a country is serious business so lets’ get serious about it and lets’ all pull together to get it done.


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