ACRU Chairman and CEO Susan A. Carleson signed a joint letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on March 28 recommending ways the Justice Department can clean up the mess left by the Obama Administration.
With 25 civil rights attorneys, organization leaders, authors and a current Secretary of State as signatories, the letter states that the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department has been misused as a political weapon.
“During the Obama administration, the Division served purely ideological ends with rigidity unmatched in other federal offices. Entrenched federal bureaucrats jettisoned precepts like equal enforcement in favor of political and racialized dogmas,” the letter argues.
The authors noted three primary challenges to incoming Justice Department leadership:
Put an end to the second-chair posture on civil rights leadership;
Address the ‘ideological rot’ impacting the Civil Rights Division that the DOJ Inspector General reported on in 2013; and
Implement reforms to curtail the ‘unethical behavior’ of government attorneys.