November 08, 2018
It may be an election week, but one of the biggest Washington shakeups had nothing to do with Congress. After two years of trying to clean up a Justice Department that had become almost synonymous with the deep state, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned. To most people, the news isn’t a surprise. The tension between the president and one of his first presidential backers has been obvious – despite Sessions’ impressive portfolio of progress at DOJ.
For groups like FRC, who’ve worked with Jeff for decades, it’s sad to see him go – especially after moving the ball forward on so many key issues. He’s been a friend and ally to so many Americans, especially in the cause of religious freedom. As attorney general, it was Jeff Sessions who was tasked with implementing the president’s executive order across every federal agency. Together, they set out to reassure men and women of faith that the government’s job wasn’t punishing faith – but protecting it.
After eight years of Barack Obama, there’s still a lot of work to be done in restoring true religious freedom. But we fully expect the next attorney general to pick up the torch of liberty and run with it as Sessions did. As he told his employees, everyone at DOJ should be proud of what they’ve accomplished.
“To have led a department like this goes beyond anything I ever would have thought possible. If you had told me when I was starting out as a young Assistant United States Attorney that I would ever serve as Attorney General, I don’t think I would have believed you. But what I’m proud of is not a title or a job. What I’m proud of is this Department -- the 115,000 people who work together to pursue our goals. What I’m proud of is you.”
We’re grateful for Jeff’s service to our country and thank him for giving Americans hope that the rule of law still matters.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.