One of the reasons we have a Constitution is to ensure the Rule of Law. During his confirmation hearings, Senator Jeff Sessions said a number of times he would uphold the Constitution and follow the law as enacted by Congress and signed by the President.
While this is not a guarantee, it sure was nice to hear a nominee for Attorney General express fidelity to constitutional principles. Senator Ted Cruz, in his questioning, pointed out that the Holder/Lynch Justice Department has breached the Rule of Law in numerous instances – Fast & Furious (with Eric Holder defying a Congressional subpoena), the IRS targeting case (even putting an Obama donor in charge of the investigation), Operation Choke Point, sanctuary cities, releasing criminal aliens, supporting pen & a phone changes to Obamacare, and arguing in favor of unconstitutional recess appointments in court. In response, Senator Sessions said none of these actions were appropriate and all were corrosive to our Constitutional Republic. He actually said that – “Constitutional Republic”. Pinch me.
Throughout the hearings, Sessions was asked a number of times if he would follow the law regardless of his personal feelings. He said he would with respect to abortion, access to abortion clinics, background checks for gun purchases, bulk collection of phone data by the government, birthright citizenship, and hate crimes legislation, among other things.
Also, he would not commit to continuing the current practice of not enforcing federal marijuana laws, indicating that Congress should get rid of those laws if that’s where the country is at the moment.
Sessions emphasized his fidelity to the Rule of Law by saying he would resign if President Trump asked him to do something unconstitutional, pointing out that, if confirmed, he would be the NATION’s lawyer, not the President’s lawyer.
Sessions also talked about how the Constitution separates power among the three branches of government, and limits federal power through the Tenth Amendment.
So, the man who is likely to become the nation’s lawyer said numerous times during his confirmation hearings that he would faithfully execute the law. There’s a good chance he will. It seems to be in his DNA. At one point, he said, “I’ve always loved the law. It’s the very foundation of the country.”
“Rule of Law: The Great Foundation of Our Constitution” by Matthew Spalding