Redeeming justice: the next attorney general
Shattered traditions are not easily restored. Although the Biden administration will likely respect the department’s independence, rebuilding will require concerted effort and substantial resources. To that end, President-elect Biden should appoint an attorney general who is not a political figure and whose probity is beyond challenge. In addition, the next attorney general should be a veteran of the department who has internalized the principles that Robert Jackson proclaimed and whose personal mission is to revive and reinforce them in the hearts and minds of every employee. With such leadership, perhaps the Department of Justice can rebuild its reputation and live up to its name.
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