John Ashcroft on Principles & Values

Common-sense conservative

John Ashcroft characterized himself [at his confirmation hearing] as a “common sense conservative” willing to compromise with political foes. Ashcroft recalled that when he led the National Association of State Attorneys General, “I understood I had to sacrifice some of my advocacy roles.” Ashcroft said he would follow that practice as attorney general.

Ashcroft assured his former colleagues on Tuesday that he could push his personal beliefs aside and enforce laws as they are written by Congress and interpreted by the Supreme Court even though he may disagree with them. “My primary personal belief is that the law is supreme, that I don’t place myself above the law, that I shouldn’t place myself above the law,” he said. “So it would violate my beliefs to do it.” If his religious faith ever were to come in conflict with his enforcement of the law, “then I would have to resign,” he said.

Source: By Libby Quaid, Associated Press in Washington Post Jan 17, 2001

Law is supreme, above his personal beliefs

Sen. Leahy questioned Ashcroft’s opposition to Bill Lann Lee as head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division and Clinton’s nomination of Surgeon General David Satcher. While Ashcroft gave Lee high marks professionally, he said at the time that Lee’s beliefs “limit his capacity to have the balanced view of making judgments that will be necessary for the person who runs the division.” In other words, Leahy said, Ashcroft had the same questions for Lee and Satcher that Democrats now have for Ashcroft: Will he be able to enforce laws with which he disagrees?

Ashcroft characterized his differences with Lee and Satcher as policy issues. He said he voted against Lee because of “serious concerns about his willingness to enforce” the Supreme Court’s decision limiting preferences for minority companies in awarding government contracts. Satcher, Ashcroft said, had backed AIDS studies in Africa that withheld treatment from some pregnant women with HIV to test the effect of a new approach.

Source: By Libby Quaid, Associated Press in Washington Post Jan 17, 2001

Clinton should fully disclose about Monica & resign if true

Although at this point the allegations involving President Clinton [in the Lewinsky affair] remain to be substantiated, due to their seriousness and the central role of the Presidency in this country, the President should deal with these charges fully, honestly, and immediately. This President is skilled at telling us what did not happen and what is not true. The American people, however, deserve a full and immediate accounting of what did happen. The President must tell us the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

If the allegations are true, then the President has disgraced himself and his office, and should resign. The President must enjoy the presumption of innocence. Americans are skeptical, however, because of the poor track record of President Clinton and the low ethical standards of his Administration. The instant credibility accorded the Clinton allegations is a measure of how deeply compromised this President is in his ability to command the trust of the nation.

Source: Constituent E-mail Mar 23, 1998

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