DA Hillar Moore issues letter to president and attorney general in support of US Attorney Walt Green

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore issued a letter Sunday in support of US Attorney Walt Green of the Middle District of Louisiana.

Green is one of 46 US attorneys that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked to resign. Those 46 US attorneys were appointed by President Barack Obama. According to Moore, every other district attorney, sheriff and many of the police chiefs in the middle district also support Green. Their names are also attached to the letter.

Last Friday, Green was asked by the Trump administration to resign by Monday morning.

"This is someone that you really want to make sure that you're making this right decision on, this particular person," Moore said. "I'd put him against all other 46 that are asking to be dismissed."

In his letter to the White House, Moore is calling on the Louisiana congressional delegation to back his claim that Green has played an integral role in fighting violent crimes, on both sides of the aisle, in Baton Rouge. However, Moore and US Sen. John Kennedy agree that it's common for a new president to change up staffing.

"When there's a change in administrator, the new president, in every instance that I am aware of, has asked for the resignations of US attorneys and US marshals throughout the country and the new president reserves the right to appoint news ones," Kennedy said via phone.

"We respect that. No difference in this case. We're just asking that: do you really know the qualities of the man that you're about to let go and that he really was recommended by your transition team. Take a look. Maybe, 'cause it's a big undertaking to dismiss 46 US attorneys," Moore added. "Did you really have enough time to look at Walt Green as a man, as an individual?" he asked.

Kennedy said Green might get that second glance. Green will have the option to reapply for the vacant seat.

"Walt's done a great job and I'm sure if he's interested in continuing on, the president will seriously consider his application and I hope he will consider reapplying," Kennedy explained.

Green is the one person who has not weighed in on the issue. We reached out to his office over the weekend for comment. We expect to hear more details Monday.

Moore said he expects Green to tender his resignation Monday as requested. He added he hopes to convince President Donald Trump and Sessions to reconsider their request.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said the resignations are "in order to ensure a uniform transition."

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