In a move that was praised by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the 46 remaining federal attorneys appointed by former President Barack Obama to resign Friday.
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said in a statement:
The Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition. 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.
Many saw the move as necessary and essential if the Trump administration wanted to remove any of the remaining legal road blocks between them and implementing their political agenda.
All the attorneys followed orders and resigned, with one exception: the U.S. attorney for the Southern Sistrict of New York, Preet Baharara, who is known for aggressively prosecuting Democrats in public corruption cases.
Baharara was later fired Saturday afternoon.
However, the Trump administration isn't the only presidential administration to purge their administration of holdover U.S. attorneys. In fact, Trump's predecessor, former President Barack Obama, did it in 2009.
And when Obama did it the tone from the mainstream media over the move was remarkably different than the tone they took on Friday when Trump did it.
One outlet, Politico, wrote in May 2009 that Obama was going to "replace" Bush attorneys en masse. On Friday, the same outlet wrote that Trump "ousts" Obama's attorneys — a much harsher tone.
The story on Trump also made it seem as if Trump was the first president to demand such a mass resignation from U.S. attorneys — which simply isn't true.
And the difference didn't go unnoticed:
Other Twitter users called out the organization for its bias:
This is why the MSM isn't to be trusted. They have a liberal agenda, they just try to hide it from us. https://t.co/AyndDCKslM— Chris Antenucci (@Chris Antenucci) 1489251431.0
@JayCaruso really amazing how media makes it seem trump is leading a revolution...he won the election democratically— ML, MD (@ML, MD) 1489253184.0
While another user noted that former President Bill Clinton did the exact same thing in 1993, which included then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.):