Opinion: Former AG Sessions’ time at DoJ was controversial but overall successful
At the request of President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned from his position after nearly two years of service.
Recent Department of Justice Chief of Staff, Matthew Whitaker will serve as acting Attorney General until a new nominee is chosen at a later date.
At times, Sessions appeared powerless to lift the dark cloud that has hung over the DoJ and FBI in relation to the Russia investigations. That has caused known and very public tension between Sessions and President Trump.
Although the relationship between Sessions, as Attorney General and his counterparts at the White House was undoubtedly more complicated than in prior administrations, Sessions was able to make real progress on several critical fronts.
During his tenure, the DOJ fully empowered law enforcement, prosecuting the largest number of violent offenders in our nation’s history.
Under Sessions, the DOJ aggressively pursued the eradication of the opioid epidemic, battled violent gangs such as MS-13, and enforced of our borders using the tools at their disposal. Reports suggest that, with all of this under his belt, Sessions is looking to go back to Alabama and run for his old Senate seat in 2020.
Here’s the bottom line: I want to thank Attorney General Sessions for all of the good things he did to ensure that our government upholds the rule of law.
Hopefully, his successor is able to continue doing that, while making substantial progress toward lifting the dark cloud that lingers over our law enforcement community.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.