Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hammered Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for their vigorous assault of attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, under the auspices of a reverence for the rule of law, when considered in light of their silence as the Obama administration carried out years of lawless deeds.
But first, he had to deal with protesters who interrupted the Sessions confirmation hearing with shouts of “Jeff Sessions, you are a racist!” and “Black lives matter!”
After Capitol Police escorted them from the room, Cruz remarked that “free speech is a wonderful thing,” before getting to the matter at hand.
“This has been an interesting day at this hearing listening to Democratic senator after Democratic senator give speeches and praise of the rule of law. And I am encouraged by that, because for eight years it has been absent,” Cruz began his questioning.
“For eight years we’ve seen a Department of Justice consistently disregarding the rule of law,” he continued.
Cruz launched into his ringing indictment of the Democrats: “When Eric Holder’s Department of Justice allowed illegal gun transactions, illegally sold guns to Mexican gun traffickers, as part of Fast and Furious — guns that were later used to murder Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry — the Democratic members of this committee were silent.”
“When Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with Congress’ investigation into Fast and Furious, once again the Democrats on this committee were silent,” he continued.
“When the IRS illegally targeted United States citizens for exercising their First Amendment views, for exercising their roles in the political process, Democratic members of this committee were silent,” the senator said.
Cruz went on to observe when the Justice Department refused to prosecute the matter and handed the investigation over to a major donor to President Obama’s campaign, the Democrats said nothing.
The Texan then listed several other illegal acts that went unaddressed by his Democrat colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, including Operation Choke Point, sanctuary cities, the Obama administration’s release of tens of thousands of criminal illegal aliens whose past offenses included rape and murder, the paying of nearly $2 billion in ransom to Iran for American hostages, the numerous changes to provisions of Obamacare without congressional approval, and the recess appointments by the president, which the Supreme Court later ruled, unanimously, were unconstitutional.
In all these instances and more, Cruz stated, the Democrats were silent. “That pattern has been dismaying,” observed the senator.
“But I take today as a moment of celebration,” he added, stating that reinstituting a reverence for the rule of law would be a good thing.
He continued arguing, facetiously, an alternative view could be justifiable in light of the past eight years.
“Now, if we were to play a game of tit-for-tat, if what was good for the goose was good for the gander, then a Republican attorney general should be equally partisan; equally disregard the law; should advance political preferences favored by the Republican Party,” he said.
Cruz then turned to Sessions and asked, “Do you think that would be appropriate for Republican attorney to do?”
Sessions stated it clearly would not, observing the “corrosive effect on the public confidence in the constitutional republic, which we are sworn to uphold” when government officials conduct themselves in that manner.
“That’s exactly right,” said Cruz, stating that is why he is fully and enthusiastically supporting Sessions’ confirmation with “every degree of confidence you will follow the law faithfully and honestly. And that is the first and most important obligation of the attorney general.”
As reported by Western Journalism, in April 2015 Cruz released a list of 76 illegal acts by the Obama administration, including many of the offenses he covered on Tuesday.
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