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Cabinet Making with Donald

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The election of Donald Trump was never about one man. It was about the thousands of agency jobs at every level of government that would either be filled by men and women of principle — or the second coming of Eric Holders, Loretta Lynchs, and Lois Lerners. With Trump’s victory, Americans didn’t just win back the White House — they won back Washington and its hundreds of levers of power, from civil rights commissions to the IRS’s office of tax exemption. And in the hotbed of U.S. rules and regulation creation, that may be the most important win of all last Tuesday.

Like every office, these agencies are only as good as their leaders. And yesterday, Donald Trump showed conservatives that he’s doing everything he can to make sure those departments have the best people at the top. The first wave of key appointments hit the wire, reassuring America that the country was under new management. After the eight-year scandal-factory of the Justice Department, the president-elect is making it clear that it’s a new day at DOJ with the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general. For the senator, the first to endorse Trump, the DOJ is hardly new territory. “My previous 15 years working in the Department of Justice were extraordinarily fulfilling. I love the Department, its people and its mission. I can think of no greater honor than to lead them,” he said.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), whose name was also floated as a possible AG, congratulated the new administration on its pick. “Senator Jeff Sessions’s nomination as attorney general is great news for all of us who revere the Constitution and the rule of law. I have been honored to work with Senator Sessions on many of our nation’s most important issues over the last four years. Senator Sessions has had an extraordinary career in government and law enforcement. He has been an exemplary senator for the state of Alabama, and I am confident that he will be an exceptional United States attorney general.”

FRC has worked with Senator Sessions on a number of issues and could not be happier to watch him usher in a new era at DOJ — one that cherishes the Constitution and its protection of our freedom from government oppression. If there’s one thing we know about Senator Sessions, it’s that he understands the importance of all of our God-given rights, respects the law, and will be a vital part of restoring our nation to greatness.

Adding to the good news at DOJ is the announcement today that the president-elect has also tapped Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.), a great friend of FRC, to head the CIA. Pompeo, who’s served as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, graduated first in his class at West Point, went to Harvard Law School, and earned the respect of a lot of people for his work in the Benghazi investigation. Of course, if conservatives respect these choices, it almost certainly guarantees that liberals will not. Almost immediately, the Left started working to undermine Pompeo — which is no surprise given his vocal criticism of the Obama Iranian nuclear deal and other foreign policy failures.

In another high-profile move, President-elect Trump also asked Lt. General Mike Flynn (U.S. Army-Ret.) to be his national security advisor. FRC’s own Lt. General, Jerry Boykin, applauded the move. “Lt. Gen. Flynn is an excellent choice for national security advisor. He is the best intelligence officer who has passed through the ranks of the Army in the last 50 years. He sees the world as it is, not as others would like it to be. He is candid in his assessments and most importantly, he is an agent of change — just what President Trump will need.”

As these great conservatives gear up for their confirmation fights, we remain encouraged. President-elect Trump is already making the most important decision: surrounding himself with solid advisors.



 

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