President Barack Obama’s Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel nominee Dawn Johnsen withdrew her nomination Friday.
Here is the full statement from Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
April 9, 2022
For Immediate Release
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Sessions Responds to the Withdrawal of Controversial DOJ Nominee Dawn Johnsen
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following comments today after it was announced that the nomination of Dawn Johnson, President Obama’s controversial pick to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, would be withdrawn:
“I am pleased that the President has heeded the concerns raised by many who care deeply about the Department of Justice regarding the nomination of Dawn Johnsen. Ms. Johnsen’s record of partisanship and her long history of extreme views and troubling activism relating to issues such as abortion and national security made her an unacceptable choice to fill this crucial role in the Department of Justice. It is not surprising that the Democrat-controlled Senate never made an effort to bring her nomination to a vote on the floor:. Had they done so, the nomination certainly would have faced bipartisan opposition. The Office of Legal Counsel has a significant legal role in the war on terror, and it is my sincere hope that the President will nominate someone who is prepared to vigorously defend the military’s legitimate actions in the fight against terrorism.”
[Note: To view a January 13 letter, sent by all seven Judiciary Committee Republicans, asking for a new hearing in light of Ms. Johnson’s troubling record on national security, please click here. To view comments from all committee Republicans, dated March 4, detailing their concerns after Dawn Johnsen was reported out of the Judiciary Committee, please click here.]