Several senior law enforcement officials who served under Republican and Democratic administrations are calling for the swift confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Attorney General, reports Politico. In a letter being sent today, they praise Sessions’ reputation as “a tough, determined professional who has been dedicated to the appropriate enforcement of the rule of law.” Despite controversy over Sessions’ reputation on racial issues, the group praised him as a “protector of civil rights.”
Each of the eight letter writers previously served as director of National Drug Control (the so-called drug czar) or the Drug Enforcement Administration. Sessions has a reputation for being tough on drug offenders and his nomination has raised questions about how the Trump administration will address the legalization of recreational marijuana by some states. The letter was signed by former national drug control directors Bill Bennett, Robert Martinez, and John Walters, and former DEA administrators Peter Bensinger, John Lawn, Robert Bonner, Karen Tandy, and Michele Leonhart.