Cornyn Votes to Confirm Barr for AG


In: All News   Posted 02/14/2019
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‘The Department of Justice must be able to operate above the political fray and prioritize the rule of law above all else, and to do that it needs a strong and principled leader like Bill Barr.’

‘When Mr. Barr was nominated for attorney general the first time, then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden noted that Mr. Barr, a nominee from the opposing political party, would be a “fine attorney general.” Well, I agree, and I thank Mr. Barr for agreeing to once again serve his country in this critical position.’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) made the following remarks on the floor before voting for William Barr, President Trump’s nominee to serve as U.S. Attorney General. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“The role of attorney general is unique in the President's cabinet because while you're a political appointee of the president, you are also the nation's chief law enforcement officer and obviously obligated to put your highest loyalty in upholding the rule of law.”

“The Department of Justice must be able to operate above the political fray and prioritize the rule of law above all else, and to do that it needs a strong and principled leader like Bill Barr, particularly on the heels of Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder's administration as Attorney General of the United States during the Obama term of office where we know that unfortunately politics pervaded the actions not only of the Department of Justice, but also the FBI.”

“We know that he can faithfully execute the duties of the office because he's done it before. More than two decades ago, President George Herbert Walker Bush recognized the talent in this promising young attorney and nominated him to three increasingly important positions at the Department of Justice. For all three positions, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, Deputy Attorney General, and then finally Attorney General, he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.”

“When Mr. Barr was nominated for attorney general the first time, then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden noted that Mr. Barr, a nominee from the opposing political party, would be a ‘fine attorney general.’ Well, I agree, and I thank Mr. Barr for agreeing to once again serve his country in this critical position.”