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Immigration hawks fear DOJ staff exodus - Source Politico

Posted on Nov 20,2018
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The uncertainty surrounding President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general has left some DOJ staffers feeling as though they’re in limbo. - Zach Gibson/Getty Images

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By GABBY ORR

WASHINGTON, DC. - The Justice Department is facing a likely senior staff exodus once President Donald Trump taps a permanent replacement for ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, creating a leadership vacuum that has troubled hard-line immigration activists.

According to more than a half-dozen former and current administration officials, at least four top officials — mostly Sessions loyalists — have either quit or are eyeing the exit as they await Trump’s decision on who will succeed their former boss, who implemented and vigorously defended even Trump’s most controversial immigration policies.

Among those leaving are Danielle Cutrona, a senior counsel to Sessions who had been with him since his Senate days. Shedeparted DOJ last Friday. Rachael Tucker, a senior counselor to the attorney general, could also exit “in the next couple of months,” citing her fidelity to Sessions, or possibly take another job within the agency, said two sources close to the situation. Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeff Wood, another former Sessions Senate staffer, may also soon make an exit, according to one senior administration official.

And while the White House could find another strident immigration hawk to lead DOJ and name ideologically similar aides, several of the names being floated for attorney general — such as former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and George H.W. Bush-era Attorney General Bill Barr — represent a more GOP establishment line on the subject.

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