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Sen. Sasse: DOJ Should be 'Insulated From Partisan Politics'

CBS's "Face the Nation"

By    |   Sunday, 14 May 2017 01:37 PM

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., rebuked the modern-day politicization of the Department of Justice, saying Sunday we are in the "midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust."

"There's been a lot of politicization going on at the Department of Justice over the last five to eight, nine years," Sen. Sasse told host John Dickerson on CBS's "Face the Nation." "We should want the Department of Justice to be very, very insulated from partisan politics. Three branches of government, not one, not 17.

"So, you need to have investigative and prosecutorial functions be in the Article II branch of the government – they need to be in the executive branch. There should be lots of insulation from the career civil servants and the leadership of the Justice Department from political decision-making at the White House."

Sen. Sasse has been critical of former FBI Director James Comey's firing this week, but admitted "there's lots of reasonable reasons" for it. Sasse takes issue with how politics have undermined Americans' trust in government.

"Here's one of the things that D.C. is just constantly head in the sand about, which is that we've got a bunch of different institutions that have 9 percent, and 12 percent, and 15 percent public trust and public approval," Sasse said. "America can't work that way."

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Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., rebuked the modern-day politicization of the Department of Justice, saying Sunday we are in the "midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust.""There's been a lot of politicization going on at the Department of Justice over the last five to...
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