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A Message from the Attorney General on Independence Day

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina


July 4, 2018



Two-hundred forty-two years ago today, the Second Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain.  Thirteen colonies became “one people” with “separate and equal station” to the nations of the world.

It was a bold experiment whose outcome was uncertain.  But today we see that it has proven the most successful political experiment in world history.

That success has been due in no small measure to the dedicated and principled men and women who have served in our legal system over the centuries.

Our Founding document states clearly the purposes of government and it gives us a standard by which to measure our success.  “Governments are instituted” to secure and protect the God-given, inalienable rights of their citizens in order to enable their “safety and happiness.”

That is our work every day.  We are servants of the people.

And so—whether you’re a litigator in court fighting for civil rights, an investigator finding evidence of crime, law enforcement officers protecting your community, or you provide support to the women and men performing these crucial functions—you play a valuable role in this noble mission.  Indeed, I believe it is the highest secular calling that there is.

I am grateful for your contribution to the mission of the Department of Justice, and I want to wish you all a very Happy Independence Day.

Jeff Sessions

Attorney General

Updated July 3, 2018