A Republican Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas wrote a statement in which he condemned the prospective nomination of Vanita Gupta for the Associate Attorney General position at the Department of Justice.
Cotton warned that Gupta’s appointment has the potential of making the U.S. communities less safe due to her support for drug decriminalization and other policies that may create favorable conditions for crime.
Cotton underscored the fact that above 83,000 U.S. citizens died from drugs last year.
Given such a situation, Cotton finds it unacceptable to appoint a person who wants to decriminalize all drugs, including heroin and fentanyl.
The Arkansas Senator also emphasized that Gupta expressed her willingness to defund the police, citing her statement made during the riots that took place in many U.S. cities following the death of George Floyd.
Back then, Gupta said that leaders on the state and federal level should listen to the suggestions made by leftist groups which call for a decrease in police budgets and responsibilities.
The Arkansas Senator expressed his worry that Gupta’s appointment would encourage prosecutors like Chesa Boudin from San Francisco to keep sparing criminals from justice.
He pointed out that there has been a massive increase in crime in many cities due to the leniency of prosecutors, a trend that might continue if Gupta gets elected.
To avert such an outcome, Cotton invited President Biden to withdraw his support for Gupta and opt for a candidate who would preserve the legal system.
A Conflict of Interests?
Moreover, the Washington Free Beacon report suggested that there might be a conflict of interest surrounding Gupta’s eventual appointment at the Department of Justice.
The conservative website noted that Gupta’s father Rajiv L. Gupta works as a board member for several Fortune 500 enterprises, such as HP, Avantor, and DuPont de Nemours Inc.
Rajiv L. Gupta also serves as an adviser for New Mountain Capital, a private equity company located in New York City, as well as a board member of the Vanguard mutual index fund.
Given her father’s extensive corporate network, some commentators expressed their worry that some of the companies and people associated with Rajiv L. Gupta might be privileged if Vanita Gupta enters the Department of Justice office.
The fears were only aggravated when younger Gupta failed to mention her father’s position and ties during the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.