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The United States Attorney General (A.G.) is the head of the United States Department of Justice per 28 U.S.C. § 503, concerned with all legal affairs, and is the chief lawyer of the United States government. In cases of the federal death penalty, the power to seek the death penalty rests with the Attorney General.

Under Article II Section 2 of the Constitution, the Attorney General is nominated by the President and appointed with the advice and consent of Congress. The Constitution is clear that the Attorney General may be impeached by Congress. As to whether the Attorney General may be summarily removed by the President, no provision of the Constitution grants this power. The decisional law suggests that the President has the power to remove an official engaged in purely executive functions or an official whose duties immediately affect the President's ability to fulfill his constitutional responsibilities, (Bowsher v. Synar, 1986), but provides little or no guidance as to whether the office of Attorney General falls within these general guidelines.

Harry Turtledove has occasionally fictionalized the office of Attorney General. In addition to those listed below, alternate history works may make reference to Attorneys General who either died before the point of divergence or did nothing significant after it. Stories set in OTL may make reference to past Attorneys General, or even the sitting Attorney General. Unless these individuals play specifically fictionalized roles in a given story, they should not be listed here.

Joe Steele

During the 20-year administration of President Joe Steele, the Attorney General's office became another enforcer of Steele's uncompromising quest to rid the United States of internal enemies. AG Andy Wyszynski ruthlessly applied the death penalty and other harsh sentences for convicted wreckers, spies, and other undesirables.

No. Attorney General Term Party President
54 William D. Mitchell
(presumed)
WilliamDMitchell 1929-1933 Republican Herbert Hoover
55 Andy Wyszynski Vyshinsky 1933-1953 Democrat Joe Steele,
J.N. Garner
N/A Vacancy N/A 1953-novel's end N/A J.N. Garner,
"Director" J.E. Hoover

Literary comment

The above applies only to the novel. The short story does not mention the office of the Attorney General.

Other Attorneys General

Edwin M. Stanton appears in The Guns of the South as Secretary of War, having been Attorney General before the POD.

James McReynolds appears in Joe Steele (and its source story) as a Supreme Court justice, having been AG before the relevant POD.

Former Attorneys General Robert Jackson and Francis Biddle have brief background roles in The Man With the Iron Heart as Nuremberg Trials prosecutors.

Historical Attorneys General in non-AG roles

James McReynolds appears in American Empire as a citizen of the Confederate States.

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