[Ed. – Hear, hear.]
The attorney general has given prosecutors the authority to use federal laws, as they are now written, to go after violent offenders.
Earlier this week, our nation’s observation of Constitution Day gave me an opportunity to reflect on the power conferred by our founding document on the executive branch to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” What it means to “faithfully execute” the laws enacted by Congress is, and always has been, a matter where Americans of good faith have different opinions. Recently, some of my former colleagues in the Department of Justice took aim at the manner in which the current attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has determined to pursue justice and to “faithfully execute” the law. With the unique perspective that I have acquired as a United States attorney appointed by two presidents of different parties, I beg to differ.