After Barack Obama’s presidency, one of the Trump Administration’s most important tasks must be to restore the rule of law. Fortunately, Attorney General Jeff Sessions just opened the door to significant steps to do exactly that.
The Associated Press reports (hat tip to Instapundit) that Sessions told conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt that he may bring in outside counsel to review Justice Department activities under the tenure of his Democrat predecessors, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.
Hewitt contended during his radio interview that the department had become “highly politicized” in the Obama administration and floated the idea of a special review by an attorney with the authority to bring criminal charges and “just generally to look at how the Department of Justice operated.”
Sessions was noncommittal but left the door open, saying he would do everything he could to “restore the independence and professionalism of the Department of Justice.”
“So we would have to consider whether or not some outside special counsel is needed,” Sessions said. “Generally, a good review of that internally is the first step before any such decision is made.”
There has been some concern that Donald Trump might soften on this point due to him walking back his campaign pledge to prosecute Hillary Clinton for Emailgate, so hopefully Sessions is serious about this. From the Obama DOJ’s Fast and Furious gun-running debacle to dismissing the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case to giving the IRS a pass on its discrimination against conservative groups to its badgering of states over their police and election-integrity laws, there are scores of offenses that demand justice.
The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky and John Fund have summed up (hat tip to the Daily Caller) Holder’s legacy as “a demoralized Justice Department that has been politicized to an unprecedented degree.” On top of the aforementioned scandals, they highlight Holder’s blatant refusal to enforce immigration laws and a “failed prosecution of a peaceful abortion protester” so inexcusable that “a federal judge remarked on the nearly total lack of evidence of any violation of the law.”
Here’s hoping that President Trump and Attorney General Sessions follow through, and restore public confidence that the law applies impartially to everyone.