Jeff Sessions - Former Attorney General of the United States

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Jeff Sessions News & Opinion Articles

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose that he had two dinners with a Russian lobbyist during the 2016 Presidential campaign while under oath. When asked if he had any “any contacts with any representative, including any American lobbyist or agent of any Russian company” during the 2016 campaign he responded "I don't believe so" and didn't disclose the two dinners with Richard Burt, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany who now lobbies for a pipeline company owned by the Russian government.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized a federal judge for putting a hold on Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban by degrading him for "sitting on an island in the Pacific." Sessions told right-wing radio host Mark Levin that he is "amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions called immigrants who cross the border without documentation "filth" and said that the Trump Administration will do whatever it can get them out of the United States. He then said that “[t]his is a new era. This is the Trump era.”
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two meetings with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 election season, neither of which he admitted to during his confirmation hearing. When answering a question from Senator Al Fanken about potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials Sessions said: "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.” A spokesperson for the Attorney General said that "[t]here was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer." Update: Sessions reported that he has decided to recuse himself from any investigation involving Russia's involvement in the 2016 Presidential campaign.
  • Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General of the United States, didn't disclose millions of dollars worth of oil interests that he owns in Alabama in his paperwork submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is in violation of federal ethics rules that require Sessions to submit a "complete and specific public disclosure" of his financial assets.
  • Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General, didn't truthfully answer a question about "any unsuccessful candidacies you have had for elective office or unsuccessful nominations for appointed offices" on his questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sessions neglected to inform the committee that he was previously denied a Federal judgeship in the 1980's after racist statements he made came to light.