Thank you also to the nine attorneys from your team who are here with us.
Peter Deegan and four attorneys from his team,
Dak Kees, and
Thank you to Chief Judge Smith for your remarks and for the opportunity to be with you and the distinguished members of the court.
As judges and advocates, you have the opportunity every day to observe and respect and affirm our constitutional structure,
For this Circuit, he has appointed Judge Grasz, Judge Stras, and Judge Erickson, who was confirmed almost unanimously. I look forward to their many years of distinguished service.
He laid out a thoughtful vision of what judges should do and he had the courage to put out an actual list for the voters to see. That was serious, transparent, and it was unprecedented.
President Trump has kept his promise: he has nominated faithful, restrained judges.
Congress has already received 200,000 pages of records from his time as an attorney in the White House, breaking the record set by Justice Gorsuch of 180,000 pages.
Sometimes we have faced impassioned judges that have attacked the motives of our attorneys, our client agencies and the Attorney General himself—me.
We have a government to run. It is not the duty of the courts to manage this government or to pass judgment on every policy action the Executive Branch takes.
One example of that is our defense of the travel order. That was an issue of constitutional structure. Congress passed a statute and the President followed it—and a judge blocked it.
In another structure case, Lucia v. SEC, we took the extraordinary step of reversing positions from that of the previous administration.
Although the government may appeal, possibly all the way to the Supreme Court, that can take months.
In the meantime, the President is blocked from governing the Nation as the voters elected him to do.
In one of the sanctuary city cases, Chicago sued and obtained a nationwide injunction that the Attorney General could not place minimal conditions on law enforcement grants to states and cities.
But from the Executive Branch’s perspective, relief from the problems of non-party injunctions cannot come too soon.
But we must be vigilant to our Constitution's design and to its most central feature: the separation of powers.
It is an honor beyond words to serve as the Attorney General of this great Republic. I do my best every day to fulfill my responsibilities honestly and effectively.