White House press secretary Sean Spicer is defending President Donald Trump’s mass dismissal of top federal prosecutors as standard practice.
The Justice Department on Friday asked for all remaining 46 U.S. attorneys to submit their resignations.
Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara had said after the election that Trump had asked him to stay on.
But he, too, was dismissed on Friday. Bharara was fired after refusing to turn in his resignation.
Trump had tried to call Bharara last week but the two men did not speak. Spicer said Monday “the president was calling to thank him for his service.”
It is routine for a new administration to ask for those resignations, though it usually happens at the start of the president’s term.
The White House also says it expects the Justice Department to comply with a request to provide lawmakers with evidence on President Donald Trump’s accusation that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper.
The House intelligence committee set a Monday deadline for the Justice Department to provide materials. Spicer says he expects the department to meet the request.
Trump tweeted his unproven accusation about President Barack Obama earlier this month. The president and his advisers have provided no evidence to support that claim and instead have asked congressional committees to investigate the matter.
The House and Senate intelligence committees are investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign and contacts between Trump associates and Russians.