Sessions as Attorney General Would End the Politicization of DOJ

Senator Sessions said in his opening statement in his hearing to be Attorney General yesterday:

I revere our Constitution and am committed to the rule of law. And you know that I believe in fairness, impartiality, and equal justice under the law

Compare this to President Obama’s first Attorney General Eric Holder.  Eric Holder often acted more like a counsel to the DNC than United States Attorney General.  He even called himself Obama’s “wingman.” As Senator Grassley stated during Lorretta Lynch’s hearing:

Grassley accused the department of becoming “deeply politicized” under Holder at the opening of the confirmation hearing.

“But that’s what happens when the attorney general of the United States views himself, in his own words, as the president’s 'wingman,’ ” Grassley said.

Unfortunately, that politicization did not end with Lynch replacing Holder.  Obama’s next Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, met with Bill Clinton while his wife and the Democrat nominee to take Obama's place, Hillary, was under Department of Justice investigation.  Even former Obama campaign manager David Axelrod said this was “foolish”.  Yet while some talked of her recusing over the Clinton email scandal, in the end Lynch refused:

Lynch has come under criticism after she met privately on board an aircraft in Phoenix with former President Bill Clinton. She described the encounter as a purely “social” occurrence that won’t “have a bearing” on the e-mail investigation and said: “I certainly would not do it again.” But she emphasized that she wouldn’t recuse herself from her role in reviewing and acting on prosecutors’ findings.

Compare this approach with Senator Sessions' answer on the Hillary Clinton investigation:

Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions said at his confirmation hearing Tuesday that if confirmed he plans to recuse himself from all issues related to any investigation into Hillary Clinton. He said his rhetoric on the issue during the campaign could lead people to doubt he’d be fair in considering the matter. “I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question… I believe the proper thing for me to do would be for me to recuse myself from any questions regarding those kinds of investigations,” Sessions declared.

The contrast could not be greater.  After 8 years of Attorney Generals that acted like DNC Counsels and politicized the Department of Justice, Senator Sessions would represent a return to ethics and the rule of law.  Everyone should support Senator Sessions to be the next Attorney General.