Should the United States Attorney General be an Elected Official? (user search)
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  Should the United States Attorney General be an Elected Official? (search mode)
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Question: To ensure the independence of the Justice Department, should the United States Attorney General run for election (and do so separately from the President/Vice-President) like his/her state counterparts?
#1
Democrat: Yes
 
#2
Democrat: No
 
#3
Republican: Yes
 
#4
Republican: No
 
#5
independent/third party: Yes
 
#6
independent/third party: No
 
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Total Voters: 39

Author Topic: Should the United States Attorney General be an Elected Official?  (Read 2747 times)
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« on: August 01, 2022, 03:43:59 PM »

Absolutely not. There are already too many campaigns.

I even don't think state attorney generals should be elected.

A better idea may be to let the Senate Judiciary Chair appoint the attorney general and then of course the full senate would have to approve the appointment . So in this case Chuck Grassley would have decided who the attorney general was from 17-21 and you can make it that the attorney general cannot be fired without impeachment as well .




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Old School Republican
Computer89
Atlas Superstar
*****
Posts: 38,815


Political Matrix
E: 2.97, S: 2.09

P P
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2022, 04:19:03 PM »

Absolutely not. There are already too many campaigns.

I even don't think state attorney generals should be elected.

A better idea may be to let the Senate Judiciary Chair appoint the attorney general and then of course the full senate would have to approve the appointment . So in this case Chuck Grassley would have decided who the attorney general was from 17-21 and you can make it that the attorney general cannot be fired without impeachment as well .


That would be very questionable since its an executive position being appointed by a legislator. The constitution clearly says the president is the head of the executive branch.

Also this does not shield the office from partisan influence.


Well you would have to amend the constitution to make any changes to the current system anyway
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