Sekulow Doesn’t Know What the DOJ Is Supposed to Do

Jordan Sekulow, part of his father Jay’s Christian legal empire that he has milked for every dollar he can get his hands on, does a podcast. In his latest one, he cheers on the nomination of Jeff Sessions and says he will end the DOJ’s “obsess[ion] with the civil rights issue.”

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We also know how politicized the Department of Justice has become, not just under Loretta Lynch but, remember, in most part under Eric Holder. You’ve got, basically, a Department of Justice which is out of control and not really focused where it should be, which is based off its mandate for what its job is to do at the federal government. It’s gotten obsessed with this civil rights issue, and I think that’s, again, you know that part if this confirmation battle is that the left is upset that the Department of Justice will no longer be a liberal, activist arm of the federal government.

Sekulow said that the Obama administration had used the DOJ as a “way for the executive to execute their policy positions” such as “investigations of police forces” rather than “criminal activity” or “terror.”

He warned that the criticism of Sessions at today’s confirmation hearing is “going to be a racial attack.”

“There’s going to be a whole panel on this issue of, quote, ‘civil rights,’” he said, “and this is someone who took down the KKK in Alabama.” Sessions’ nomination to a federal judgeship in 1986 failed in part because he had gone after civil rights activists working to register African American voters. He has since tried to burnish his civil rights credentials by exaggerating his role in civil rights cases in Alabama, including the Ku Klux Klan case that Sekulow mentioned.

He clearly has no idea what the DOJ’s job is. The DOJ has a Civil Rights Division for a reason, because it is tasked with enforcing laws like the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and all federal anti-discrimination laws. Fighting for civil rights is part of its core mission because without civil rights, justice is impossible. If police departments are violating the civil and constitutional rights of the people they are supposed to protect and serve — and they are, on a daily basis and in a vast number of ways — it is the job of the DOJ to investigate them. Because guess what? Those are “criminal activities” too.

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