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U.S. Attorneys, Political Control, and Career Ambition$
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Banks Miller and Brett Curry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190928247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190928247.001.0001

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Concluding Thoughts and Implications

Concluding Thoughts and Implications

(p.151) 8 Concluding Thoughts and Implications
U.S. Attorneys, Political Control, and Career Ambition

Banks Miller

Brett Curry

Oxford University Press

This chapter revisits key findings presented throughout the book. The results indicate a clear pattern of executive influence on the work of U.S. Attorneys (USAs). Additional results suggest that Congress has more influence than previously considered. The models in Chapter 6 show that Booker increased the influence of the President as well as the discretion of federal prosecutors. This naturally leads to questions about how future administrations will attempt to influence USAs and, more directly, how the Trump administration’s focus on narcotics and immigration will alter the priorities of USAs. Beyond this short-term speculation, the final chapter grounds the results in the rich empirical literature on the control of agents, prosecutorial discretion, and the imperial presidency.

Keywords:   Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, criminal justice reform, imperial presidency, narcotics, crimmigration

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