ACS Pres. Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Feb. 9, 2017       
CONTACT: Paul Guequierre                                     
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WASHINGTON – American Constitution Society President Caroline Fredrickson made the following statement on the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general:

“As the 84th attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions reports to a president notoriously disrespectful of the administration of justice. In a matter of days, President Trump has threatened the independence of the U.S. Department of Justice by rashly firing Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Subsequently, by bullying Judge James Robart and the Ninth Circuit Court Trump has shown a stunning disregard for our system of checks and balances. As head of the Department of Justice, Sessions serves the American people and takes an oath to uphold the Constitution, not shield the White House. The big question is: will he?”

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