The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday for Justice Department nominees in which Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas called out the Obama Justice Department for its partisan practices.
“It is deeply concerning to me and to a great many people that over the last eight years the leadership of Department of Justice, I think, has been very politicized,” Cruz stated. “It perhaps is not surprising that Democratic senators assume that same politicization will continue.”
Cruz went on to cite cases in which the Obama Department of Justice displayed partisanship such as in the handling of Fast and Furious, the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, and the payment of a $2 billion ransom to Iran, among others.
“That pattern of politicized administration of justice has been dismaying to veterans of the Department of Justice because for decades DOJ has had a tradition of being non-political, non-partisan, fairly and faithfully applying the law,” Cruz said. “And that has been true under Republican and Democrat presidents until the last eight years.”
Cruz asked nominees Hon. Rod J. Rosenstein and Hon. Rachel L. Brand if they would “commit to this committee not to be a political Department of Justice in the same mold, but on the Republican side that is most assuredly not your job. But rather will you commit to fairly and faithfully uphold the law without regard to politics?”
Both nominees replied in the affirmative.
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