Attorney general issues statement on Trump/Pence, ‘most critical issue’ of the election

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes; background shows the Utah Capitol | Stock image, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes issued a statement that was read by Sen. Orrin Hatch at the  Trump/Pence rally at the state Capitol Tuesday.

Following is Reyes’ full statement:

First, I join Donald Trump’s condemnation of offensive robo calls circulating in Utah by a so-called Trump supporter regarding Evan McMullin.

My greatest concern in this election is the United States judiciary. I serve on The Trump/Pence National Supreme Court Advisory Committee because I consider the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court justices along with Federal Circuit and District Court Judges to be the most critical issue of this entire election.

Our next president will immediately appoint a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia and could end up appointing as many as four U.S. Supreme Court justices over the coming years. The composition of the High Court will drastically impact our lives and largely influence the direction of our country for decades.

Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be making those appointments. There is no other realistic alternative. And Hillary Clinton has already made it clear that she will appoint Justices who will take aim at critical First, Second and Tenth Amendment rights among many others. As someone who has spent my entire career dealing with the federal judiciary, I can’t emphasize enough the gravity of this election.

I have had the opportunity to spend time privately with both Mr. Trump & Governor Pence discussing critical challenges of our day. I have been impressed with their commitment to the Constitution and the Rule of Law, protecting and growing small businesses, simplifying and reducing taxes, empowering innovation, streamlining government, reducing the national debt, strengthening national defense, preserving life, religious liberties, economic freedom and building a stronger America at home and abroad.

Both men support issues that are priorities to me such as fighting human trafficking, combatting child abuse, prosecuting white collar crime and cyber hackers while addressing crisis level increases in opioid addictions, teen and veteran suicide and child malnutrition.

If you are not already supporting Donald Trump and Mike Pence, I hope you will reconsider and vote for them. The decisions we make in this election cycle will impact our posterity and the trajectory of our nation for generations to come.  May God bless and preserve you, your families, the State of Utah and these United States.

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11 Comments

  • beacon November 2, 2016 at 9:15 am

    It’s unfortunate the AG Reyes feels that SCOTUS, federal circuit and district court judges make up the most critical issue facing us this election. Trump’s election, given his flaky nature in general, does not ensure that Reyes and others will get the judges they want. It will ensure that we will have as president a man who has little regard for anyone but himself and that his values (if he indeed has any of real value!) seem to change as the shifting sands change. It is difficult to understand how AG Reyes, a member of a minority group himself, can believe that a man who disparages minorities at every opportunity is to be trusted. As for a most critical issue facing us, I would say having someone like Trump in office and able to make enemies worldwide through bullying tactics as he’s used throughout his career and thereby creating a more dangerous worldwide situation is the most critical issue. Strange election indeed!

  • Kathy November 2, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I’m very sorry I voted for Reyes now.

  • whatever November 2, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Great job Mr. Reyes, I’m proud to vote for you and Trump/Pence. You see through the rhetoric and petty grievances and realize the important issues regarding this election. Mr Trump has listed the names of his conservative/constitutionalist choices for SCOTUS while Mrs Clinton has listed NONE.

  • Henry November 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    AG Reyes articulated a very lucid and reasoned rationale for supporting Trump for President. Trump has already provided a by-name list of SCOTUS nominees, compared to the blank check that Hillary or McMullin would have. Whoever becomes President will likely have 3-5 SCOTUS vacancies to fill, for lifetime positions; this will impact America for the next 20-30 years.

    Trump as President would be a strong Commander-in-Chief that would be respected by other world leaders. Hillary has sold influence to Middle Eastern countries and shown horrendously bad judgment while serving as Secretary of State. McMullin has zero strategic-level track record and is displaying questionable temperament as he is finally having to answer questions about his personal background. It’s no wonder that an April poll by Military Times showed that military members prefer Trump as President by more than a 2-to-1 margin.

  • Mike November 2, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Hilary’s nominations would be the beginning of the end of the Constitution! The women has an evil mind and only cares for herself and her crony friends!

  • Plumdusk November 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    While I agree appointments to the Supreme Court will be an important duty of our next President, I strongly disagree with AG Reyes’ underlying rational. Our nation needs an appointee who believes in science, rejects bigotry, allows women to control their own medical decisions, believes in the separation of church and state, and rejects the notion that corporations have the same rights as individuals. I could go on. A Trump appointee would not even understand these noble concepts.

  • dhamilton2002 November 2, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Well I certainly won’t be voting for anyone who believes that the Trump vision of our Supreme Court includes setting back our country 100 years. Read the list of those who Trump would like to see on SCOTUS. It’s truly scary!!

  • dhamilton2002 November 2, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Sorry but I had to come back and ask how anyone who is as smart and well educated as our AG is could even consider voting for a person who has never served even ONE DAY in public service! I am very disappointed in all of our Republican contingent for support Trump. Party of Country should be the new motto of the Republican party. Donald Trump is without a doubt the least qualified candidate ever to nominated for the most important office in our country. You should all be ashamed of yourselves!!!!!

    • Henry November 3, 2016 at 8:16 am

      4 U.S. Presidents had never held elected public office before becoming President – Dwight D. Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, Ulysses S. Grant, and Zachary Taylor.

    • .... November 3, 2016 at 8:22 am

      LOL ! really I’m 2 lazy and 2 rich 2 be ashamed of myself that would take up 2 much time of my do nothing days because I don’t have to work for a living. . Ha ha ha ha. BE SURE 2 VOTE ! later on today grab some milk and cookies and watch some Green Acres reruns. You’ll feel much better !

  • dodgers November 3, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Well stated by the AG. We need justices who are originalists, they use the constitution as their foundation for decisions—not justices who feel the need to change or bastardize the constitution in order to implement their political ideologies. Utah has reason to be proud of their AG.

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