“When office and wealth become the gods of a people, and the most unworthy and unfit most aspire to the former, and fraud becomes the highway to the latter, the land will wreak with falsehood and sweat lies and chicane.”
Sally Yates – just shameful, when you disagree – you get fired, and you are the Assistant Attorney General. Sounds sadly like the You’re Fired TV show, this is not how the government is run or at least that’s not how it was run 11 days ago.
This was the definition of the Attorney General’s role – which will now include – …unless you disagree with the President of the United States, You’re Fired!
The mission of the Office of the Attorney General is to supervise and direct the administration and operation of the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Bureau of Prisons, Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals Service, which are all within the Department of Justice.
The principal duties of the Attorney General are to:
Represent the United States in legal matters.
Supervise and direct the administration and operation of the offices, boards, divisions, and bureaus that comprise the Department.
Furnish advice and opinions, formal and informal, on legal matters to the President and the Cabinet and to the heads of the executive departments and agencies of the government, as provided by law.
Make recommendations to the President concerning appointments to federal judicial positions and to positions within the Department, including U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals.
Represent or supervise the representation of the United States Government in the Supreme Court of the United States and all other courts, foreign and domestic, in which the United States is a party or has an interest as may be deemed appropriate.
Perform or supervise the performance of other duties required by statute or Executive Order.
“Justice, divorced from sympathy, is selfish indifference, not in the least more laudable than misanthropic isolation.”
Research Questions for High School – History Class – February 1, 2017
- Probably the most effective means an agency has of remaining powerful is entering alliance with influential interest groups.
- Most federal agencies must share their functions with related states agencies.
- One complication surrounding the federal bureaucracy is the fact that the Constitution does not mention departments or bureaus.
- In the first Congress, it was decided that appointed federal officials would be removable by the president alone.
- James Madison argued that the president alone must be able to fire a federal employee because otherwise he would not be able to control his subordinates.
- During most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, appointments to the civil service were based primarily on patronage.
- The importance of the federal bureaucracy today can be measured in part by the total number of federal employees or, more accurately, by the discretionary authority of its appointed officials.
- If you worked in a senior position on a successful presidential campaign and the new president then wished to have your advice while in office, you would be most likely appointed to a Schedule C position.
- One advantage of the merit system to presidents is that it protects them from patronage demands.
- Which of the following statements about the firing of a bureaucrat is incorrect ——– make a list.
Sources: Martin Luther Ki, ng, Pike, The United States Department of Justice