TIME Magazine reports it is customary, though not automatic, for the country's
93 U.S. attorneys to leave their positions once a new president is in office.
The Obama administration allowed political appointees of President George W.
Bush to serve until their replacement had been nominated and confirmed.
The federal prosecutors are nominated by the president, generally upon the
recommendation of a home-state senator.
One U.S. attorney appointed by Bush, Rod Rosenstein of Maryland, remained
on the job for the entire Obama administration and is the current nominee for
deputy attorney general
U.S. attorneys are responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the territories
they oversee. They report to Justice Department leadership in Washington.