U.S. Attorney Fired After Refusing To Prosecute Trump’s Political Enemies
President Trump withdrew a Treasury Department nomination for Jessie Liu, the former U.S. attorney whose office oversaw the prosecution of Roger Stone, because she didn’t get more involved and act on Trump’s interests, according to CNN.
Trump and administration officials considered Liu to serve as the Treasury Department’s secretary for terrorism and financial crimes and it was initially unclear if her nomination was pulled due to the handling of politically sensitive cases.
Trump made the final decision to pull the nomination two days before her scheduled confirmation hearing. Liu stepped down from her job before she was confirmed to the Treasury position.
A group of conservative activists built their case in a memo against Liu for why she was unfit for the job, which included not acting on criminal referrals of some of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's accusers, holding a leadership role in a women's lawyers networking group that has been criticized as "pro-choice and anti-Alito," and dismissing charges against "violent inauguration protesters who plotted to disrupt the inauguration."
However, it was the Stone sentencing recommendation that moved Trump to act.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers that he was informed last Monday when asked by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the President’s budget.
Brown asked Mnuchin why Liu was withdrawn a few days before her confirmation hearing and referred to the case as part of Trump’s “retribution tour.”
“Nominations are at the President’s direction,” Mnuchin said.