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Matthew Axlerod, LinklatersMatthew Axlerod, Linklaters (courtesy photo)

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignation of 46 U.S. attorneys last week, many urged for calm, noting that letting political appointees go in favor of new ones is a normal part of the transition.

Matthew Axelrod, the former principal associate deputy attorney general who left the Justice Department in late January along with his then boss, Sally Yates, argues otherwise. Axelrod criticized the administration’s move, which he said denies the new acting U.S. attorneys the lead time necessary for a smooth leadership change.

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