there shall be no place for political favoritism, no reason to be timid in enforcing the laws that protect our rights, our environment and our principles as long as I have the opportunity to lead this great Department. This may be a break from the immediate past but it is consistent with the long history of the Department of Justice. I call on every employee of this Department - from this moment on - to return to the practices that are the foundation of this entity. It is time once again to base our actions on policies that are rooted in fairness and in a desire to ensure a more just America
Holder's remarks Tuesday echo pledges [text] he made during his confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] in January to "restore the credibility of a Department badly shaken by allegations of improper political interference" and "reinvigorate the traditional missions of the Justice Department ... [of] fighting crime, protecting civil rights, preserving the environment and ensuring the fairness of the marketplace."
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