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Politico Quotes Paul Charlton on Sen. Sessions’ DOJ Confirmation

January 10, 2017

Politico quoted Steptoe Phoenix partner Paul Charlton in a January 9 article titled “Sessions Faces Decision on Politicizing Justice Department.”  The article discusses whether Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, will follow his predecessors by vowing to not let politics drive the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision-making.

Mr. Charlton, the former US attorney for the District of Arizona, says the burden on Sen. Sessions to establish his position at his confirmation hearing is increased by President-elect Trump’s apparent lack of appreciation for the tradition of DOJ’s independence.  “I don’t think Donald Trump understands, and frankly that’s fine.  But then it’s up to the people at DOJ to say no, we aren’t going to allow politics to infuse every decision we make.”

The full article can be read at Politico.