What People Don’t Criticize About Sen. Jeff Sessions, But Should

Jan 12, 2017

By Herb Silverman

In 1986 Jeff Sessions, current nominee for attorney general, was nominated and rejected for a position in Alabama’s district court, primarily for having made racially insensitive remarks. There are differences of opinion over whether Sessions was then and is now a racist, which is why he is aa controversial nominee whose record is being carefully examined by civil rights activists.

People do change over time. Former Ku Klux Klan members Hugo Black and Robert Byrd served honorably in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Senate, respectively. Has Sessions changed? Perhaps, but I’m troubled by his 2015 statement calling the removal of the Confederate flag from public buildings as attempts to delegitimize the “fabulous accomplishments” of our country. Even after the June 17 massacre of nine African-American worshippers at Emanuel AME Church in my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina by a white racist who revered the flag as a symbol of white supremacy, Sessions said he was no fan of any attempt to erase history, recalling his own family’s role in the Civil War.

I watched a C-SPAN discussion on January 9 with Steve Flowers from Alabama, a strong supporter of Sessions. He said Jeff Sessions is not a racist, using as evidence that Sessions is a former Eagle Scout and a very religious Christian. This reminded me of another religious Christian from my state who influenced national politics for decades—former segregationist Strom Thurmond.

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3 comments on “What People Don’t Criticize About Sen. Jeff Sessions, But Should

  • Sessions does not believe in freedom of religion. He believes in majority take all like the endlessly warring Europeans in the 1700s. But why? What advantage accrues if the minority is forced to pretend to worship a god or worship in a way they believe is bogus? It is forcing people to lie. It does nothing for the majority. Sessions is just a bully. He wants to micromanage other people’s lives because he thinks he can get away with it. This is the last person to entrust with the power of attorney general’s office.

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  • The Tieco case when Sessions was AG of Alabama seems to be coming back to haunt him.


    Sessions charged Tieco Inc. with 222 counts of fraud but it seems that he was perhaps just working on behalf of a competitor of Tieco to try and assist them in a civil dispute they had against Tieco. The judge ruled.

    “The court finds that even having been given every benefit of the doubt, the misconduct of the Attorney General in this case far surpasses in both extensiveness and measure the totality of any prosecutorial misconduct ever previously presented to or witnessed by this court,” wrote James S. Garrett, a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge.”

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  • @OP – What People Don’t Criticize About Sen. Jeff Sessions, But Should

    I seems his unwillingness to give clear and honest answers to questions, is now attracting criticism!



    America’s top prosecutor said he did not lie when he testified at a January confirmation hearing that he had “no communications with the Russians”.

    But Democrats are demanding he resign after it emerged he met Moscow’s envoy during last year’s White House race.

    Claims of Kremlin interference have dogged President Donald Trump.

    “I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for president of the United States,” Mr Sessions said in a statement.

    During the Senate hearing on 10 January, Mr Sessions was asked: “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government, in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”

    Mr Sessions responded: “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians. And I’m unable to comment on it.”

    However, it has emerged Mr Sessions and Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, held a private conversation in Mr Sessions’ office in September and spoke at a meeting with several other envoys, on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in July.

    His meetings with Mr Kislyak came while he played a prominent part of Mr Trump’s campaign team – the so-called surrogate – and amid growing reports of Russian meddling in the US election.

    Mr Kislyak is the ambassador who was at the centre of the downfall of Mr Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.

    Mr Flynn was fired last month after he misled the White House about his conversations with the Moscow diplomat, allegedly regarding US sanctions.

    The Justice Department said Mr Kislyak met Mr Sessions in his role as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    It is more commonly members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who meet foreign ambassadors, not Armed Services Committee lawmakers,

    Speaking earlier on a trip to an aircraft carrier in Virginia, Mr Trump said he “wasn’t aware” Mr Sessions had met the Russian envoy.

    The US intelligence community believes alleged Russian hacking of Democratic organisations in the election run-up was done to help Mr Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

    Mr Trump has branded suggestions that he or associates on his campaign had contact with Russian intelligence as “fake news“.

    A competent president might have sought to find out, or waited for results from a proper investigation before making a statement on the matter – rather than his characteristic knee-jerk denials from a position of ignorance!

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