Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions asked Friday for the resignations of dozens of politically appointed U.S. attorneys held over from the Obama administration, the Justice Department said.
Sessions wanted "to ensure a uniform transition" to the Trump administration, spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.
"Until the new U.S. attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. attorney’s offices will continue the great work of the department in investigating, prosecuting and deterring the most violent offenders," she said.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday that FBI Director James Comey should refute President Trump’s claim over the weekend that President Obama had wiretapped his campaign.
“Theoretically, do I think that a director of the FBI who knows for a fact that something is mythology, but misleading to the American people, then he should set the record straight?” Pelosi said to reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “Yes, I do think he should say that publicly.”
Harmeet Dhillon, a California GOP leader, is under consideration to run the civil rights branch of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The post will be heavily scrutinized given the Trump administration’s positions on issues such as voting rights, and because of past controversial statements about race made by the department’s leader, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions. A series of hate crimes have also taken place in the weeks since Trump’s election.
Dhillon declined to comment, but a source said she was interviewed for the job last week in Washington, D.C.
Mexico's top diplomat came to Washington Thursday for meetings with the U.S. government, sidestepping the normal channels and heading straight for the White House.
Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray met at the White House with President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, along with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn, a top financial aide, the Mexican government announced.
Striking in its absence from that announcement was any mention of a meeting with officials from the State Department.
Southern California fast-food executive Andy Puzder on Thursday blamed Democrats for the collapse of his nomination to be Labor secretary, even though he admitted he withdrew after being informed there was not enough support among Senate Republicans to confirm him.
“I think the big problem here was the left and the Democrats really didn’t want a successful businessman who started out as a working-class kid. … That really was their worst nightmare for the Department of Labor,” Puzder told Fox Business Network in his first public comments since withdrawing on Feb. 15.
“So they were going to do anything they possibly could to try and keep me out of that office,” he said.
Washington state Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson said Thursday that the state would take President Trump to court to block enforcement of of his new, revamped travel order pausing refugee resettlement and travel from six majority-Muslim countries.
Washington state's lawsuit against the first travel ban led a Seattle federal court judge to order a national halt to the executive order, which had caused chaos at airports around the country and led to the cancelation of 60,000 travel visas.
At a news conference Thursday, Ferguson said he would file a motion asking the judge in the case, James Robart, to apply the restraining order against the old travel ban to the new one.