Second Term Agenda: What I have tried to do in this second term, after a conversation with, a memo that I shared with the president, is to really kind of put some attention on the areas that are of great interest to me and of great interest to him as well. Criminal justice reform, reformation of the voting rights act, works on financial fraud cases, I mean these are the kind of things that I've been interested in for a good amount of time but we have focused on as part of the second term agenda.
First Term Crises: I think that if to the extent that you feel or that others feel that somehow I was distracted in the first term, by
Departure Date? Well I'm certainly going to serve well into 2014. My focus is not necessarily time sensitive or time derived. It's really more on the subject matter that I define for myself as important and that I want to accomplish before I leave.
Proudest accomplishment? I think that's almost like asking me to choose which of my kids I like the most. And that's a difficult thing, you know, not all of them behave well at all times, and that would be true I think of the divisions here. But they are all important to me, and I think an attorney general makes a mistake if you focus on one to the exclusion of the other.
National Security has changed the job of AG. I think about the time that I was here both as a line lawyer, as deputy attorney general, and now as attorney general, the Justice Department in the pre-
Criticism from the left. The reality is that when it comes to national security matters I have done things in the way that I think is totally consistent with my view of the Constitution, my view of the way the Justice Department has traditionally conducted itself. I don't think that the decisions I've made have put a tension between an adherence to civil liberties, a respect for individual rights and a desire to protect the American people.