Recently, Donald Trump replaced acting Attorney General Sally Yates with Dana Boente "after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban".
When doing some research, I found out that:
- Sally Yates was the Deputy Attorney General serving in the Obama administration under Loretta Lynch
- Dana Boente was the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia who was also appointed by the Obama administration
This seems to be a trend that all acting Attorney Generals of the incoming Presidents are of the party of the outgoing president whenever there is a party change for the Presidency.
Outgoing President Incoming President Acting Attorney General (R) Gerald Ford (D) Jimmy Carter (R) Dick Thornburgh (R) George H. W. Bush (D) Bill Clinton (R) Stuart M. Gerson (D) Bill Clinton (R) George W. Bush (D) Eric Holder (R) George W. Bush (D) Barack Obama (R) Mark Filip (D) Barack Obama (R) Donald Trump (D) Sally Yates / Dana J. Boente
This is the same with other officials such as Acting Secretaries, etc. when the cabinet nominees are pending confirmation by the Senate.
Also, Trump doesn't seem to like it: