In response to a 37-count indictment that special counsel Jack Smith has reportedly filed against former President Donald Trump in federal court in Florida, Ohio Sen. JD Vance (R) declared on Tuesday that he will oppose all of President Biden’s appointments to the Department of Justice.
“Donald Trump is merely the latest victim of a Department of Justice that cares more about politics than law enforcement,” Vance wrote in a statement.
“Starting today, I will hold all Department of Justice nominations. If [Attorney General] Merrick Garland wants to use these officials to harass Joe Biden’s political opponents, we will grind his department to a halt,” he continued.
The U.S. Marshals Service nominations are exempt from Vance’s hold on Justice Department nominees.
The decision will force Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to schedule votes on individual nominations, which would take up floor time, but it won’t stop Senate Democrats from approving Biden’s choices to the agency if they have enough votes.
To expedite the process, nominees are frequently accepted by the floor with unanimous approval.