Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) raised a powerful defense for President Donald Trump this week as he pledged to stall all of Joe Biden’s nominees to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The stand comes in response to the controversial 37-count indictment of Trump, a move Vance sees as overtly political rather than legal.
“Starting today, I will hold all Department of Justice nominations,” Vance announced, making his opposition known to Attorney General Merrick Garland’s tactics. The Ohio senator underlined his intention to grind the department’s operations to a halt, standing firmly against what he perceives as a partisan agenda in the DOJ under Garland’s stewardship.
The move sends a strong message to the Biden administration, effectively signaling that conservative lawmakers won’t silently observe what they see as disproportionate targeting of Trump and other right-leaning individuals. Notably, Vance’s hold will allow the approval of nominees to the U.S. Marshals Service.
“I think that we have to grind this department to a halt until Merrick Garland promises to do his job and stop going after his political opponents,” Vance asserted, driving home his stance that the department’s current trajectory is inappropriate and unfair.
The conservative senator’s action reflects broader dissatisfaction among Republicans, suggesting a growing concern over the politicization of the DOJ. This also resonates with the conservative base, who value fair law enforcement and an impartial justice system.
The indictment against Trump involves his alleged mishandling of classified White House documents. However, Vance and others see it as part of an orchestrated campaign against the former president.
While this may seem drastic, Vance’s decision to stall DOJ nominations will not stop Senate Democrats from confirming Biden’s nominees. However, it does necessitate the scheduling of individual votes on each nominee by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), thereby lengthening the process. This is a tactical move by Vance to ensure that this matter receives the attention it warrants.
Furthermore, Vance’s stance is consistent with his belief that the DOJ under Garland unfairly targets conservatives. He argued that Christian pro-life advocates now face legal harassment while hardened criminals walk free. The senator’s actions aim to rectify this perceived imbalance.
As the political tug-of-war ensues, what is clear is Vance’s unwavering commitment to protecting the integrity of law enforcement. He is ready to act, not just voice his concerns. With lawmakers like Vance in the Senate, conservatives can be assured their interests are being actively represented.
Action is the only way forward.
Stop the weaponized government and hold them accountable! https://t.co/9BNnbVXlQW
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 13, 2023
To borrow a quote from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) in light of this developing story, “Action is the only way forward.” Sen. Vance agrees.