Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch strongly backed Senate colleague, Jeff Sessions (R-AL), for attorney general in a Washington Times op-ed…
Senate Republicans’ most senior member, Orrin Hatch of Utah, penned an op-ed in the Washington Times Monday that makes the case for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
Hatch makes a straightforward, compelling case for Sessions’ confirmation:
- Experience: “No attorney general in American history has had Mr. Sessions’ combination of hands-on experience in both criminal justice policy and its implementation. He was a front-line prosecutor for 18 years, 12 of them as United States Attorney.”
- Highly Recommended: “The Senate is receiving letters endorsing Mr. Sessions’ nomination from those who know best what the job of attorney general requires. One letter from 10 former attorneys general and deputy attorneys general over the past three decades says that he is ‘a person of honesty and integrity’ who is ‘superbly qualified by temperament, intellect, and experience to serve as this nation’s chief law enforcement officer.’”
- 20-Year Collegial Relationship: “I have served with Sen. Sessions since he joined the Judiciary Committee in January 1997. We have worked together on legislation to improve forensic science services for law enforcement, promote community policing, help child abuse victims, and prevent gun crimes. He is a serious legislator who knows that prosecutors and law enforcement need commonsense, workable policies from lawmakers to help keep communities safe and protect the rights of all Americans.”
- Congressional Background: “Only three attorneys general since the turn of the 20th century have served in the Senate. A good working relationship between the Justice Department and Congress, however, is more important than ever. The Obama administration has fought against legitimate congressional oversight and tried repeatedly, and in different ways, to circumvent Congress to impose a political agenda through the Justice Department and the courts.”
- Getting DOJ Back on Track: “Thomas Jefferson wrote that government’s most sacred duty is ‘to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.’ Getting the Justice Department back on track means returning to the essentials … No one understands that mission more thoroughly, or believes it more deeply, than Jeff Sessions.”
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