Magazine December 19, 2016, Issue

Attorney General Sessions

He will have the task of depoliticizing the Justice Department

Of Washington’s many swamps, none is more in need of draining than the Department of Justice. In choosing to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) as the next attorney general, President-elect Trump is off to a promising start.

The institution in which I proudly spent nearly 20 years as a prosecutor is in crisis, no small thanks to the mockery made of the Justice Department by its last two leaders: Eric Holder, the first attorney general in American history to be held in contempt of Congress (for obstructing the oversight investigation of the “Fast and Furious” fiasco), and his successor, Loretta

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


MOVING Worn chairs with no seats cluster where A mirror gives back a dull stare At memories of other times. As leather books are losing rhymes, They tumble from a cardboard box Where fossils hide, within ...
Politics & Policy


American Interests and Obligations Mr. Nordlinger raises a legitimate question as to the extent to which Americans should be prepared to commit military resources, i.e., American lives, in furtherance of our ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Say what you will about Twitter, it’s an improvement over Josh Earnest. ‐ President-elect Donald Trump has appointed Alabama senator Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general. Sessions is ...


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