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To the president, he is a political and personal adviser. ” Thus, from the earliest days of the nation’s history, the attorney general has been in an uncomfortable, frequently impossible position. As an officer of the court, the attorney general seeks justice. As a cabinet member and adviser to the president, the attorney general seeks to protect the White House from its “enemies” no matter how honorable they may be. But with the 1870 decision making the attorney general the commander of what has developed into a formidable investigative force, the challenge became even more difficult.
Perhaps the most astonishing such metamorphosis involves the federal mail fraud statute, a vaguely worded law originally approved by Congress in 1872. 23 The rapid growth in the legal responsibilities and activities of the Justice Department has been reflected, of course, in a steady expansion of the agency’s staff and budget. At first, as already noted, the attorney general had no staff. Shortly after the beginning of the twentieth century, approximately thirty years after the creation of the Justice Department, the attorney general was, at least in theory, responsible for the work of 260 employees in Washington and another 1,300 around the country.
Last year, the department had approximately 100,000 employees, a sixty-six-fold increase in departmental employees since 1904. GROWTH IN FEDERAL PROSECUTORS 1980–1992 (per million population) Although Presidents Reagan and Bush both argued for a smaller and less intrusive federal government, their views apparently did not apply to the Justice Department: During their time in office the number of federal prosecutors more than doubled. As a result of the serious budget problems of the Clinton years, this expansion has come to an end.