Speaking at The Federalist Society, Ted Cruz remarked about his colleague in the U.S. Senate, Jeff Sessions from Alabama, being nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be attorney general, an announcement that was made Friday.
Cruz, whose name was rumored to be in consideration for the AG position, said that Sessions will make an “extraordinary” attorney general, called him “deeply principled” and asserted that if Trump’s other nominations are like Sessions there are going to be “great things for the people” of America.
Before remarking about Sessions nomination, Ted Cruz said that with the GOP in control of the presidency and both houses of Congress, Republicans have a rare opportunity and responsibility to deliver for the American people.
“We stand on the cusp of great change,” Cruz said. “An astounding election occurred just over a week ago, an election that was a mandate for change, an election in which the voters entrusted Republicans with control of the White House, with control of every federal agency and control of both the Senate and the House,” he explained.
“That is rare — that does not come along often and it provides both an incredible opportunity for real and meaningful change but also a responsibility — a responsibility I believe that we’ve got to deliver the change, the fidelity to the Constitution, the defense of liberty that was promised to the voters,” he contended.
“I’m particularly pleased to offer words of congratulations to my colleague and good friend Jeff Sessions who is going to make an extraordinary Attorney General of the United States. He is a committed and deeply principled conservative.
And if those who serve in this administration have even a fraction of his integrity and his commitment to principle, we are going to see an administration that does remarkable things for the people of this country.”
Following Ted Cruz’s remarks about Jeff Sessions, he talked at length about former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who he called a “lion of the law.” Now that Sessions has taken the AG post, talk of Cruz being Scalia’s replacement on the SCOTUS will likely heat up.
Ted Cruz was speaking at the 2016 Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention, where the convention theme was “The Jurisprudence and Legacy of Justice Scalia.” Sen. Cruz spoke about Justice Scalia’s legacy and the need to appoint strong, constitutionalist judges to the Supreme Court.
In May, then-candidate Donald Trump produced a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he said would be representative of picks to fill the late seat of Justice Antonin Scalia. All of the 11 judges are listed as being affiliated with the Federalist Society on the influential conservative legal group’s website.
Trump met with Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society, at Trump Tower on Wednesday and reportedly discussed the evaluation process for filling the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.