WASHINGTON – Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed his opposition to the nomination of Vanita Gupta to be Associate Attorney General prior to the confirmation vote on the Senate floor. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here.
“High-ranking public officials at the Department of Justice cannot be motivated by partisanship. They must pursue no other agenda other than fair and impartial justice. In contrast, Ms. Gupta has shown she’s a partisan activist with a pension for skirting the truth.”
“If confirmed as Associate Attorney General, I believe she has the potential to use the powerful tools at the Department of Justice to wage partisan warfare that has been part of her professional career to this point.”
“If we can’t depend on her to tell the truth to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the confirmation hearing, how can we depend on her to exercise her duty of candor when applying for a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, for example?”
“Sadly, I believe Ms. Gupta will be a clear and present danger to the American people if she’s given the muscle and might of the Department of Justice as well as the entire federal government of the United States of America.”