The conservative group America Rising Squared released a new digital ad on Monday lambasting Senate Democrats for being hypocritical when it comes to confirming attorney general nominees.
Throughout the video, several Democratic senators petition their Republican counterparts to quickly approve President Obama’s nominees to head the Justice Department.
The video shows, for example, Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) arguing in 2015 that “justice delayed is justice denied.”
“The refusal to confirm a leader to head the most important law enforcement agency in the United States is a delay of justice that for many seems to be a denial of justice,” he said at the time about a month before Loretta Lynch assumed office as attorney general.
The ad also shows Sen. Ben Cardin (D., Md.) arguing for a vote on Lynch’s nomination.
“Let’s do the right thing and take up this nomination, debate it, and then have senators vote up or down, not maybe, on her nomination,” Cardin told his Senate colleagues in 2015. “We owe it to Ms. Lynch, the employees of the Justice Department, and the American people to have a newly designated attorney general in place as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and top defender of Americans’ constitutional rights.”
Senate Democrats have not taken the same stance on President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.). Many Democrats have explicitly called for delays in the confirmation process or to undermine Sessions’ nomination altogether.