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The Power of Now
On November 18, 2016, President-Elect Donald Trump announced that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions will be his nominee for Attorney General of the United States. As head of the Department of Justice and the nation's top law enforcement official, the position of Attorney General is one of unparalleled power within the Executive Branch and has profound implications for civil rights. The Attorney General must "ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice to all Americans," including by monitoring and enforcing Americans' constitutional and civil rights. It is therefore essential that any nominees record on civil rights is thoroughly and closely scrutinized before confirmation to this position of extraordinary public trust and firmly opposed if that record indicates a lack of commitment to the constitutional principles of fairness, equality and the rule of law. Over the course of his career, Jeff Sessions has demonstrated time and again that he is unfit to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.
Below, find the information you need about Jeff Sessions, including fact sheets, analysis, commentary and more to serve as a vital source of information for all concerned Americans as this crucial confirmation battle unfolds. Be sure to check back as we will be updating this page on an ongoing basis.
Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know About Sen. Jeff Sessions
LDF on Nomination of Jeff Sessions: Unimaginable He Could Be Entrusted to Serve as Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Civil Rights Laws
Senator Sessions Woefully Inadequate Senate Judiciary Questionnaire
Analysis and Commentary from LDF
Sherrilyn Ifill Gives Detailed Examination of Jeff Sessions Hearings on Diane Rehm’s Inaugural Podcast
Sherrilyn Ifill, The New Republic, How Senators Must Fight Confirmation of Jeff Sessions
Additional analysis and commentary
Adam Serwer, The Atlantic, “Did Jeff Sessions Champion Desegregation?” (2016)
Lani Guinier, “Who were the Marion Three?” from Lift Every Voice
Letter from the Honorable Deval Patrick to Senate Judiciary Committee Opposing the Nomination of Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions’ Relationship With Breitbart, ‘The Platform’ For The White Nationalist Alt-Right, Should Be Disqualifying
Alabama Senator Hank Sanders' Letter in Opposition to Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General