FBA Statement on the Rule of Law (September 2018)

Statement of the FBA Board of Directors on the Rule of Law

The rule of law is the enduring principle that all persons, institutions, and entities should be governed by and held accountable to laws that are just, publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated. This is a foundational principle of our nation’s Constitution and its declaration that government derives its power from the governed to protect individual liberty.

    In the United States, the Department of Justice plays a fundamental role in the equal enforcement of our nation’s laws and the preservation of public respect for the rule of law. The oath of office administered to the Attorney General, as the head of the Department of Justice, and to all other employees of the Department of Justice commits them to faithfully protect the Constitution, which guarantees to every American equal justice under the law. At all times, the client of the Attorney General and the attorneys within the Department of Justice remains the United States of America, not any government official, agency, party or person.

    Public confidence in the Department of Justice as faithful executors of the law rests in the assurance that the Department’s law enforcement and prosecutorial actions are grounded in facts and the law, without regard to the political party or political affiliation of the accused. Any suggestion that the Department’s actions should arise from or reach a different outcome based on partisan interests is inconsistent with a proper understanding and respect for the rule of law and public trust in its faithful enforcement.

A message from the FBA Board of Directors (September 13, 2018)

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