President Joe Biden’s nominee for a high-level Department of Justice position could not name any limits on abortions that she supports Tuesday during a U.S. Senate confirmation hearing.
The Hill reports Vanita Gupta is Biden’s choice for the third most powerful position in the Justice Department. A former Obama administration official, Gupta has a history of leftist advocacy and divisive political comments.
“Your record is one of extreme partisan advocacy,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said at the hearing. “Your record is an ideologue. There’s a role in our democratic and political process for ideologues, people who are extreme, radical advocates. That role, I believe, is not being the number three lawyer at the Department of Justice in charge of the impartial and fair administration of justice.”
When Cruz asked Gupta if she could name “any restriction whatsoever on abortion” that she believes is permissible, she dodged the question.
“My duty has been to enforce the Constitution, not to enforce anyone’s political agenda or partisan agenda. I have apologized today for some of the harsh rhetoric that I used,” she answered.
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Cruz then asked: “Is it permissible for the government to prohibit partial-birth abortion? Yes or no?”
Again, Gupta did not answer the question, instead responding: “Senator, my duty if confirmed will be to federal laws and the Constitution. Roe v. Wade is established precedent and has been reaffirmed numerous times by the courts, and my duty will be to enforce the federal laws and the Constitution.”
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ban on partial-birth abortion as constitutional in 2007.
Cruz and other Senate Republicans described Gupta as an extremist, pointing to her comments about pro-life Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett and Republican lawmakers.
In February 2020, she criticized former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for making two pro-life bills a priority. Instead, Gupta said, McConnell should have focused on “the important civil and human rights legislation already passed by the House.”
Then in October, she slammed Republicans for confirming Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
“This entire rushed process – from selection to confirmation – is illegitimate, threatens core civil rights, and exposes the Republicans’ misplaced priorities. Our country deserves so much better,” Gupta wrote on Twitter.
According to The Hill, Gupta was the chief civil rights enforcer in the Justice Department under the Obama administration. When President Donald Trump took office, she became the president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. In the role, she repeatedly criticized Trump and Republican leaders for appointing conservative judges to federal courts.
Biden is filling his administration with radical abortion activists. The CEO of Planned Parenthood even bragged to Newsweek about her influence in filling those roles.
Other pro-abortion leaders chosen for the Biden administration include:
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California as vice president
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as secretary of labor
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as commerce secretary
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland as secretary of the interior
Former Obama and Clinton administration leader Ronald Klain as chief of staff
Jaime Harrison as head of the Democrat National Committee
Vivek Murthy as surgeon general
Francis Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health
Rachel Levine as assistant health secretary