The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to advance Vanita Gupta's nomination as associate attorney general to the full Senate next week. Hopefully some Senate Judiciary Democrats will reconsider their support. As Senator John Cornyn points out, Gupta could be the Biden Administration's "most dangerous" nominee to the Department of Justice:
"I still am very concerned about Ms. Gupta's nomination," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said, citing her responses to the committee's questions. "She has avoided answering questions, or as in the case of her testimony here in front of the committee, she's completely, 180 degrees -- taken a 180-degrees position different from what she has on a previous occasion as recently as last summer when we had her before the committee [to] testify on police reform."
Cornyn accused Gupta of undergoing a "confirmation conversion" and saying what she believes she has to in order to get confirmed.
"So I remain very concerned about this nominee, I think she has the potential of being the most dangerous nominee to the Department of Justice; one that needs to shun politics and ideology in favor of enforcement of the rule of law on an evenhanded basis."
This week, the controversy focussed on Gupta's connections to a company that produces a key ingredient in heroin, her connections to Big Tech, and her hypocrisy on the minimum wage.
Last night @ShannonBream reported on Vanita Gupta's significant investment in Avantor, a company that, according to Bloomberg, produces and sells acetic anhydride—a key ingredient in heroin. pic.twitter.com/yeGIeOFyJ0— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) March 18, 2021
While the Associate Attorney General oversees the Antitrust Division, the current nominee, Vanita Gupta, accepted donations made by Big Tech to the Leadership Conference as follows:— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) March 18, 2021
Is this the right person to oversee antitrust litigation against Big Tech?— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) March 18, 2021
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Gupta's nomination next Thursday.