WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is seeking the resignations of 46 United States attorneys who were appointed during the prior presidential administration.

In a statement Friday, the Justice Department said the request was similar to ones made in past presidential transitions.

The department said many federal prosecutors appointed in the Obama administration have already left their positions, but that Sessions is now seeking the resignations of 46 holdovers.

There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.

Among the U.S. attorneys asked to resign was Robert Capers, the attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Capers issued a statement Friday afternoon saying he was asked to resign.

He said Bridget Rohde will take over as acting US attorney.

The office of Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the southern district, declined to comment on this story when reached by NY1.

Bharara met with President Donald Trump in November and said at that time he agreed to stay on in a Trump administration.