SECTION 1

The Attorney General of the United States of America will be the chief legal officer of the United States. He or she will have the authority to enforce the laws of the United States and the sole authority to represent the United States in any civil or criminal proceeding in any court throughout the world; provided the foregoing does not restrict any existing right of the branches of the United States government to represent themselves in court against each other. In addition, the Attorney General shall give his or her opinion on questions of law when requested by the President of the United States, and he or she shall assist the House of Representatives, when requested by such house or its Speaker, with investigations related to impeachment.

The Attorney General will perform his or her duties through a Justice Service of the United States of America, constituted pursuant to law. He or she shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint officers of the Justice Service; but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers as it thinks proper in the Attorney General alone. The Attorney General will have authority to fill up all vacancies within the Justice Service that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which will expire at the end of their next session, as well as authority to remove any officer of the Justice Service.

SECTION 2

The Attorney General will hold office during a term of six years, except to the extent that Section 4 of this Article provides for a shorter initial term for such office.

The Vice President of the United States shall nominate the Attorney General, who will take office upon confirmation by a two thirds vote of the Senate, with the President pro tempore of the Senate presiding when the Senate sits for such purpose. Authority to nominate the next Attorney General will devolve on the Speaker of the House of Representatives if the Vice President has not nominated a candidate twenty days after the start of a term of the office of Attorney General or, in case of a vacancy occurring more than sixty days before the start of a term of such office, sixty days after such vacancy. No person will be eligible to the office of Attorney General who has, during the past six years, served as Attorney General for any period or as Acting Attorney General for more than ninety days.

In addition to impeachment and removal, the Attorney General may be removed or suspended from office by a two thirds vote of each house of Congress, solely for inability to discharge the powers and duties of said office due to illness, injury, or infirmity.

In case the office of Attorney General becomes vacant, the same will devolve on the next ranking officer of the Justice Service, as Acting Attorney General, and in case of further vacancy, such office will devolve on the other officers of the Justice Service in order of rank. The Acting Attorney General will continue in office until confirmation of a new Attorney General. An Attorney General taking office as a replacement for a predecessor who did not finish his or her term will serve for the remainder of such term.

The Attorney General will, at stated times, receive for his or her services a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he or she has been appointed, and he or she shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the United States, or any of them.

SECTION 3

This Article does not withdraw from the President of the United States any authority to enforce the laws, except to the extent that Congress by law vests that authority solely in the Attorney General or such enforcement involves prosecution of crimes in court or other representation of the United States in court. The Attorney General may delegate authority to represent the United States in court to the President and the civil officers under the President’s authority, provided the Attorney General may withdraw such delegation at any time.

The Attorney General and the Justice Service will not be subject to direction by the President or Vice President, except as specifically set forth in the first paragraph of Section 1 of this Article. The President and Vice President will have no authority to remove from office the Attorney General or any other officer of the Justice Service.

The Attorney General’s authority will include investigation and prosecution of the President and any other officer of the United States, both during and after their terms of office. The President has no power to pardon himself or herself.

SECTION 4

This Article will become effective upon the latter of its ratification and the next presidential term beginning after the first day of January of 2025. On this Article’s effective date, the initial term of the Attorney General will begin. Such initial term will continue for four years and then until noon of the 20th of March of the first to occur thereafter of the first or the third year designated by law for the start of presidential terms.

Upon ratification of this Article: the Attorney General of the United States and the other officers of the United States Department of Justice, both as constituted under then-applicable law, will become the Acting Attorney General and acting officers of the Justice Service; the Department of Justice will become the Justice Service, and the Justice Service will include all bureaus, services, administrations, agencies, trustees, and other divisions of the Department of Justice; and laws governing the Department of Justice will govern the Justice Service, provided the authority of the President over the Department of Justice will become the authority of the Attorney General. The preceding sentence does not restrict the authority of Congress to legislate regarding the Justice Service or the Attorney General.