Barack Obama operated what many critics believed was the most lawless administration in American history.
And for eight years, he and his underlings like Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder escaped accountability.
But Jeff Sessions may change that, thanks to one big announcement.
Since being confirmed to be Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has dedicated himself to restoring the rule of law in America.
That concept took a beating during Obama’s presidency.
One of his first moves could be to discover just how badly his predecessors – Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder – abused their power.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he would be open to bringing in an outside counselor to investigate the practices of his Department of Justice predecessors under former President Barack Obama.
Sessions was asked about such an arrangement during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who suggested that Sessions might ask outside counsel to look into the Department of Justice under Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.
That counsel, Hewitt suggested, would have “authority to bring charges if underlying crimes were uncovered,” and pointed to controversies including alleged bias within the IRS against conservative political groups and the “Fast and Furious” scandal in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed guns to be sold illegally in the hopes of tracking them to Mexican drug cartels.
“Well I’m going to do everything I possibly can to restore the independence and professionalism of the Department of Justice,” Sessions replied. “So we’ll have to consider whether or not some outside counsel is needed. Generally, a good review of that internally is the first step before any such decision is made.”
Operation Fast and Furious was one of the first scandals of the Obama administration.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives pushed straw purchases of guns so they could be sold back to Mexican drug cartels.
Documents later revealed that BATFE schemed to use the ensuing chaos to make a push for gun control.
But the operations spiraled out of control.
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed by Mexican gang members using weapons sold to them through the Obama administration’s scheme.
Americans were outraged that the administration was caught running guns to Mexican drug cartels.
And Attorney General Eric Holder covered up the extent of the program.
He refused to turn over relevant documents to Congress.
So he was held in contempt of Congress.
The Obama administration also found itself in hot water over the IRS scandal.
IRS official Lois Lerner oversaw a scheme to bully Tea Party groups in hopes of silencing them politically by intensely scrutinizing their applications for non-profit status.
Conservatives have been furious that no one in the Obama administration has been held accountable for these scandals.
But Jeff Sessions could change all that, thanks to his big announcement.