Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions has been chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next U.S. Attorney General and his nomination is being publicly contested.
“If he is confirmed, Mr. Sessions, who is considered one of the most conservative members of the Senate, will most likely push for wholesale changes and hard-line stances on immigration, terrorism, crime, drugs and guns,” the New York Times declared. “Democrats fear he could wipe away progress in civil rights, changes in sentencing and police accountability.”
“Senator Sessions has been the leading anti-immigrant senator for nearly two decades,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said. “He has repeatedly fought any type of immigration reform, pushed to build a fence on the southern border, and proposed legislation threatening cities with federal funding cuts for supporting unauthorized immigrants. President-elect Trump’s choice underscores the need for cities like Seattle to stand up for our values of inclusiveness and compassion.”
Murray added, “Regardless of who ultimately heads the Department of Justice, the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department will continue the important work of accountability reform in our police department under the Consent Decree and of strengthening the relationship between the community and police. Seattle has become a national leader in Constitutional and bias-free policing over the last four years and I look forward to transmitting our reform legislation to Council in the coming weeks.”
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) said, “With the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as the 84th Attorney General for the United States, President-elect Donald Trump has selected a documented racist to be a member of his cabinet. Senator Sessions has a long history of disturbing racism. In 1986, Senator Session’s racism kept him from being confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee for a federal judgeship under President Ronald Reagan. During the confirmation hearings, it became public that Senator Sessions had previously made statements sympathizing with the Ku Klux Klan and viewed both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as “un-American” and “trying to force civil right down the throats of people.”
Smith added, “The next Attorney General will be tasked with essential role of chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government. Regardless of who the Senate confirms as Attorney General, I will continue to vocally advocate for policies that create a more just criminal justice system, and fight to dismantle structural racism at all levels of our government.”
“He’s one of the most strident anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-L.G.B.T. voices in the Senate,” said Marge Baker, executive vice president of People for the American Way.
The Washington Post listed “10 Things to Know About Sen. Jeff Sessions,” which includes that Sessions advised Trump on who to select as his vice president.
Sessions was the first Republican senator to throw his support behind Trump. Since then, he has become a close adviser to the President-elect.