President-elect Donald Trump tapped Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to serve as his Attorney General and act as the nation’s top lawyer. With the announcement of Sessions as AG, there was immediate negative reaction from the Democrats as claimed they would do anything to block the nomination.
Among the chief complaints was Session’s failed 1986 bid to become a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. Though he got a lot of support for his nomination, including President Reagan and then Alabama Senator Jeremiah Denton, he was opposed by the NAACP and ACLU. The NAACP accused Sessions of being “un-American,” “communist inspired,” and “racist.” Black assistant U.S. attorney Thomas Figures claims Sessions called him a “boy” and made a joke about not liking the KKK until he found out they smoked pot. Sessions denies the allegations of calling Figures a boy and made it clear his statement about the KKK was made in jest. An incredibly thorough account of these allegations can be read here, which clearly outline this no more than a witchhunt and an effort to make the Trump transition as difficult as possible. The Republicans did not go through all this effort to block the nominations of President Obama, the Democrats should follow suit.
Democrats don’t want to bring up the fact that Sessions as the Attorney General of Alabama was heavily involved in seeing a Klan member charged with the death penalty after the murder of a young 19-year-old black man. Sessions as the Alabama AG oversaw the death of Henry Francis Hays, the first white man executed in Alabama for murdering a black person since 1913. Sessions continued to fight for civil rights in Alabama and was even praised by important individuals in the civil rights movement. Barry Kowalski of the Civil Rights Division said of Sessions:
“Senator Sessions could not have been more supportive of our investigations, and in the Michael Donald case specifically, he personally contributed to making sure his killers were brought to justice.”
Sessions has an impeccable resume and there’s no one more qualified for the job than him.
- U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama
- 44th Attorney General of Alabama
- United States Senator from Alabama since 1997
Jeff Sessions will bring back law and order to a country desperate to curb the growing crime in cities like Chicago and the continued targeting of police officers across the country. Sessions introduced a bill in the senate to pin down the definition of an illegal criminal alien, helping to prevent events like the death of Kate Steinle. Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, tweeted this out in support of Jess Sessions as violence in Chicago continues to grow.
Sessions will go through a 2-day hearing where he will be grilled by Democrats in a final effort to block his nominee. However, only a simple majority is needed for Sessions to be confirmed, so without a doubt Jeff Sessions will be the next Attorney General.