Tag Archives: Jeff Sessions

US DoJ defies court deadline to release Sessions's contacts with Russians

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"In defiance of a court order, the Justice Department is refusing to release part of a security form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contacts with the Russian government. On June 12, a judge had ordered the agency to provide the information within 30 days, a deadline which passed on Wednesday." [editor's note: So throw Sessions in the clink for contempt until it gets done, just like most judges would do with any mere mortal – TLK] (07/13/17)


Sessions wants to revive "DARE" propaganda program

Source: Rolling Stone

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions is advocating to reinstate the D.A.R.E. program, an anti-drug curriculum launched in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, which has been criticized for being ineffective. … The program is already making a comeback in several communities, according to D.A.R.E.'s website, with Weymouth, MA, and Lake County, FL, among the areas to recently revive the program. Sessions added that the Department of Justice would work together with state and local authorities, along with its enlisting D.A.R.E., to stop drug dealers." [editor's note: Whether or not DARE is "effective" is a question of what it's goals are. Those goals seem to boil down to raising tens of millions of dollars to pay cops to lie to kids. It's been pretty effective at that; at scaring them into believing the lies, not so much – TLK] (07/12/17)


Sessions's crusade against marijuana hurts the most vulnerable

Source: Students For Liberty
by Garett Roush

"If Attorney General Jeff Sessions had his way, I would once again be at risk of constant seizures. The former U.S. Senator from Alabama and now the nation’s top cop has started a crusade against states that have allowed access to cannabis for both medicinal and recreational use. As an epileptic, medicinal marijuana has allowed me to stave off seizures after more than 10 months. No longer do I fear an episode and the pain that comes with it. Mr. Sessions must not ignore the medicinal benefits of marijuana in the free market." (06/28/17)


How drug prohibition fuels American carnage

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"During President Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address, he declared that 'in this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.' The populist right would do well to apply that formulation to the street violence associated with the drug trade. The War on Drugs is a decades-old federal effort that has failed as consistently and completely as any government initiative in American history. A generation has passed since National Review declared it irrevocably lost. Yet Attorney General Jeff Sessions, America’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, doesn’t even grasp the most obvious tradeoff that prohibitions are making." (06/21/17)


Jeff Sessions's reefer madness

Source: Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reefer madness. It was revealed this week that Sessions personally asked Congress for the authority to prosecute medical marijuana providers in the 25 states and three additional jurisdictions (D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico) where some form of medical marijuana is legal. Sessions wanted Congress to repeal the broadly supported Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which prohibits the Justice Department from using federal funds to go after medical marijuana providers and users in those states where it has been made legal. Oddly enough, this week is also the 80th anniversary of the House floor vote on the first major piece of federal marijuana legislation, the Marihuana [sic] Tax Act of 1937. That was when the whole country officially caught reefer madness. In the following decades, a series of misguided government policies made the problem worse, and prejudice toward marijuana and myths about the drug still abound." (06/16/17)


Full text: Sessions Senate testimony transcript

Source: Politico

[editor's note: As with the similar testimony of former FBI director James Comey, it seems to me that just linking to the transcript makes more sense than trying to find an unbiased account of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions's appearance – TLK] (06/13/17)


Sessions agrees to testify about Russia in public hearing

Source: NBC News

"Bowing to pressure from Democrats, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to testify in public Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has scheduled a hearing for 2:30 p.m. … Committee members were taken by surprise by Sessions'[s] letter over the weekend offering to appear before the panel investigating Russian hacking, in lieu of what was to be an open appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee. Subsequent reports suggested the intelligence hearing would happen behind closed doors. … Democrats didn't want Sessions to use a secret Intelligence Committee hearing to get out of public testimony over the question of his participating in firing FBI Director James Comey, and over whether he had an undisclosed meeting with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S." (06/12/17)


Sessions to testify before US Senate panel

Source: CNN

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday that he plans to testify before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday, but it was not immediately clear if he would testify in public or private. The move is a prominent switch from his previous plans to testify publicly on the Justice Department's budget and puts him more directly in the firing line over questions about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States and a federal investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. Sessions had been scheduled to testify Tuesday before the House and Senate subcommittees that oversee his department's budget, but Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will go before them instead, he said Saturday in letters to the chairmen of those subcommittees." (06/10/17)


Jeff Sessions suggested he could resign amid rising tension with Trump

Source: ABC News

"As the White House braces for former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday, sources tell ABC News the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become so tense that Sessions at one point recently even suggested he could resign. The friction between the two men stems from the attorney general's abrupt decision in March to recuse himself from anything related to the Russia investigation — a decision the president only learned about minutes before Sessions announced it publicly. Multiple sources say the recusal is one of the top disappointments of his presidency so far and one the president has remained fixated on." (06/06/17)


Democratic US Senators asked Comey to probe Sessions for potential perjury

Source: The Hill

"Two Democratic senators asked then-FBI Director James Comey to investigate Attorney General Jeff Sessions amid concerns about his 'lack of candor' regarding conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. 'We are concerned about Attorney General Sessions' lack of candor to the committee and his failure thus far to accept responsibility for testimony that could be construed as perjury,' Sens. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) and Al Franken (Minn.) wrote in a letter to the former FBI director. Franken and Leahy, both members of the Judiciary Committee, sent letters to Comey on March 20 and April 28, and followed up with another to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on May 12." (06/01/17)