Senator Jeff Sessions is making the lobbying rounds in the Senate with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on the record that he intends to get started prior Inauguration Day. It’s an aggressive schedule that was used recently in the confirmations of both Eric Holder and John Ashcroft.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) echoed Grassley’s thinking, saying, “I’ve encouraged all our committee chairmen to go ahead and have hearings and markups on the Cabinet appointments. In the past we’ve been able to confirm a number of the incoming president’s Cabinet appointments on day one.”
With the Democrats having gutted the filibuster rules, a simple majority of 51 votes is now all that is needed to approved nominations. With Republicans expected to hold 52 seats in the next session and Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) having already announced his support, Sessions’ approval seems certain.
In what is a sort of “please allow us to look relevant” plea, Democrats sent a letter to the GOP leadership. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), Patrick Leahy (VT), Dick Durbin (IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Al Franken (MN), Chris Coons (DE) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) wrote, “Senator Sessions has developed an extensive record on important issues within this committee’s jurisdiction. … The committee must devote adequate time to examining those issues. We urge you to ensure that the nomination process is thorough, transparent, and fair—not just a rubber stamp.”
The content of the letter was a text book example of Democrat hypocrisy, particularly when taken in the context of the last two Attorneys General under Obama, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. The Democrat Senators declared that Sessions “will have to be an independent attorney general who is willing to set aside personal beliefs and political positions in service of larger obligations.” Of course Lynch set aside the rule of law in pursuit of larger obligations, such as her duty to keep Hillary Clinton out of jail and to protect Hussein Obama from being implicated. She and Holder both served a racist agenda first and foremost, with Lynch even admitting during her confirmation that she was fine with lawbreaking if it benefitted illegal aliens seeking an American’s job inside the United States.
They had the nerve to write that the AG “must be the people’s lawyer, not the president’s lawyer, and must enforce the laws with a dispassionate and even hand.”
Democrats said that the Senate “must ask whether Senator Sessions is the right man to lead the agency charged with securing and protecting the constitutional and civil rights of all Americans.” Why is it that civil rights is given elevated stature in their enforcement view with the Constitution? Doesn’t securing and protecting the Constitutional rights of all Americans pretty much cover it unless you’ve got an identity-based agenda to pursue?
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