Sayonara, Sessions: 9 Lowlights from the Departing Attorney General

Attorney General Jeff Sessions “resigned” (at the request of President Donald Trump) this week, and the immediate concern is what that means for Robert Mueller’s investigation.

While those concerns are completely valid, what’s been lost in the conversation about Sessions’s departure is exactly how cruddy and bigoted he was in his capacity as the head of the Department of Justice. Under any other circumstances, we’d be cheering that a guy like him were forced from his position.

With that in mind, let’s remember to eulogize him accurately. Remember him for the many terrible things he’s done, while also remembering that these weren’t the problems that Trump ultimately took issue with:

 

1. PERJURING HIMSELF AT HIS CONFIRMATION HEARINGS

Right from the jump, Sessions proved himself to be an awful choice to run the Department of Justice by perjuring himself to senators during his confirmation hearing. The person in charge of justice in this country cannot be a man who casually lies under oath. Given what he said about his interactions with Russia and then what we later learned about what really happened, it’s clear Sessions feels no obligation to tell the truth.

 

2. WILLINGNESS TO JAIL REPORTERS

While the president regularly attacks journalists, Sessions offered no sense of comfort to reporters that he would do anything to protect them or the First Amendment. When asked to make a commitment to not lock up reporters who were simply doing their jobs, Sessions refused to do so, further adding to the intimidation journalists felt coming from the White House.

 

3. REVERSING TRANSGENDER PROTECTIONS

Because Title IX ensures that people cannot be discriminated against on the basis of sex, the government has previously taken the position that employers and others cannot discriminate against transgender Americans since a transgender identity is a matter of gender. Nevertheless, Sessions amended this position, which told the LGBT community that his DOJ would be siding with employers in any cases of wrongful termination/harassment by transgender plaintiffs.

 

4. SUPPORTING FAMILY SEPARATION

Though the immigration mess that has arisen under the Trump administration can be shared amongst a number of individuals, it’s no secret that Sessions is one of the most culpable. He said the DOJ would take a strict “zero tolerance” approach to immigration and that he supported taking kids from their parents at the border.

 

5. SENDING PEOPLE TO JAIL FOR BEING POOR

Debtor’s prisons were officially banned in the U.S. two centuries ago, yet in an unofficial capacity, Americans are still winding up in jail because they can’t afford to pay to this day. Barack Obama attempted to alleviate this inequality by establishing a policy that would require judges to look at a defendant’s financial circumstances when implementing fines to avoid needlessly locking people up. Sessions, however, rescinded these documents, implicitly notifying courts that he didn’t have a problem with people going to prison because they don’t have enough money to pay fines.

 

6. ALLOWING POLICE TO IGNORE CIVIL RIGHTS

Another problem that the Obama admin tried to tackle was one of certain police departments repeatedly ignoring civil rights. Previously, the Department of Justice would take legal actions against these routinely terrible departments, but then Sessions decided he didn’t want the Justice Department overseeing “non-federal” law enforcement agencies, effectively letting discriminatory departments off the hook.

 

7. DEFENDING TRUMP’S MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN

When Trump attempted to block people from some majority Muslim countries from entering the United States, the issue quickly went to court for being discriminatory, Sessions leapt to Trump’s defense, calling the order both “lawful” and “necessary,” while insisting that he was “proud to defend it.”

 

8. DISMISSING HAWAII AS UNAMERICAN

When a federal judge from Hawaii struck down the Muslim travel ban, Sessions was incensed, saying, “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States.” He refused to apologize or even rephrase his sentiment later, making it clear that he doesn’t look at Hawaii as a state, probably because most of its residents aren’t white. Of course an American judge – including those that live in Hawaii – can weigh in on constitutional matters.

 

9. LETTING POLICE STEAL FROM PEOPLE NOT CONVICTED OF A CRIME

Are you familiar with civil asset forfeiture? It’s an alarmingly common practice where police take money/property/etc. from suspects and then keep it – even if said suspect is never ultimately convicted of a crime. Whereas the Obama administration tried to crack down on this crazy loophole, Sessions reversed course, writing a directive that actually encouraged police departments to take more from people they apprehend.

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44 comments

Olivia M
Past Member 5 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Chad A
Chad Anderson5 months ago

Thank you.

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D5 months ago

Only 9 lowlights???!!! Seems to me this number is suspicious in it's lowness.

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pam w
pam w5 months ago

SUCH a nasty little WEASEL!

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Gino C
Past Member 5 months ago

thank you

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Debbi W
Debbi W5 months ago

I have a very strong feeling that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions was raised according the 1850 traditions and his political and probably his person decisions, too, are of that era. What he did while in office was despicable. The only decent choice he made was to recuse himself on the Mueller investigation. He was following the law. That puts him one step above Matthew Whitaker.

Trump said he would pick the 'best men,' but how knew his idea of best is the worst for most of us. He did drain the swamp, right into his cabinet.

Re: California Is Using Slave Labor, Including Minors, to Fight Historic Wildfires Petition

A good many of those young men and men learn a great deal from their experience, learn the value of life, the value of doing a difficult job and feeling pride of achievement. They have used 'volunteers' for decades, and those men labeled 'slaves' are not. Prisoners who are given the choice to volunteer receive benefits in addition to their personal satisfaction and growth as men. Without all of the firefighters and volunteers even more people would have died, more property would be lost.

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Marie P
Marie P5 months ago

Pathetic fool.

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Jetana A
Jetana A5 months ago

Good riddance! Of course, his replacement is terrible in his own ways, sigh. We MUST replace TRUMP next election!

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Jeramie D
Jeramie D5 months ago

What a bum

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Daniel N
Past Member 5 months ago

Thank you

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