Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the formal swearing in of Tulsa U.S. Attorney Danny Williams, Sr., Friday, saying the job of the new U.S. Attorney “in many ways has never been more difficult but has never been more important,” according to a report by The Tulsa World.
Holder, who has made a habit of speaking at U.S. Attorney investiture ceremonies, flew to Tulsa to speak at Williams official swearing-in ceremony at the Tulsa Convention Center. He said Williams as his “unwavering support” as he deals with “sophisticated, evolving threats and “thorny legal questions,” according to the report.
Williams, surrounded by more than a hundred supporters and family members, said his focus as the new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahom is gang and gun violence, drugs crimes and fraud, according to a report by KJRH-TV in Tulsa.
“This office is going to look at cases and do what’s right,” Williams told KJRH. “And if that calls for a person to go to the penitentiary, then that’s what we’ll do. If this calls for probation, then that’s what we’re going to do. And we’re going to be guided by the principle of justice. What is right in that particular case.”
A number of family members traveled from Williams’ hometown of Mound Bayou, Miss., for the event.
“Why is this important?” Sampson Williams, the U.S. Attorneys father, told KJRH. “Because it’s a milestone for the Williams family and I wouldn’t miss it for nothing.”
Williams was nominated in March and his nomination was confirmed by the Senate in August. He is a graduate of Dillard University and the University of Tulsa College of Law, and he previously served as assistant district attorney in Tulsa county’s District Attorney’s Office and in private practice.
The event also took place the same day as the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Conn., where 26 were killed, including 20 children. Holder told reporters in Tulsa after the swearing in that his “thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones.”
“I’ll also say that as a nation, I think we have to ask ourselves some hard questions,” Holder said, according to KJRH. “We gather too often to talk about these kinds of incidents. We have to discuss who we are as a nation, talk about the freedoms we have, the rights that we have, and how those might be used in a responsible way.”