The Chairman Speaks
On the question of Sessions’ approach to minority rights, Grassley noted that Sessions worked hard to reduce the sentencing disparity between cocaine and crack — a discrepancy fraught with racial overtones. “He did that in a bipartisan way with several prominent Democratic senators,” Grassley said. “I don’t think it’s going to stand the test of time when they start talking against him.” Grassley also noted that the son of the voting rights activists who were prosecuted by Sessions has strongly endorsed the senator’s nomination. “People that have served with Sen. Sessions have to know that he believes in the rule of law and he’s going to be the chief law enforcement officer of our country and that he’s going to enforce the law,” Grassley said.
Sen. Susan Collins demonstrates GOP solidarity with Sessions
If each member votes with his or her party, Sessions will pass the committee by a vote of eleven to nine. And there are no signs that any Republicans will defect, either in the committee or on the Senate floor. Maine’s Susan Collins, widely considered the most moderate Republican in the Senate, will introduce Sessions tomorrow.
Byron York: How Jeff Sessions would change the Justice Department
Although property crimes decreased, the increase in violent offenses causes concern among the Sessions people. They are particularly concerned about gun crimes. “The president has presided over a stunning drop in the prosecution of gun crimes,” Sessions said in January 2016. “The proven method for saving the lives of innocent Americans is to arrest, prosecute, convict and jail criminal offenders, especially armed career criminals illegally using guns. This is the way to reduce gun violence.” To that end, the Sessions people believe the next attorney general should make clear to state and local law enforcement that the Justice Department is seriously interested in prosecuting gun offenses.
African-American support for Jeff Sessions
Perry County Commissioner Albert Turner Jr., the son of defendants in that case nearly 40 years ago, this week endorsed Jeff Sessions in a lengthy tribute. … “He was a prosecutor at the federal level with a job to do. He was presented with evidence by a local district attorney that he relied on, and his office presented the case. That’s what a prosecutor does. I believe him when he says he was simply doing his job. I believe that he is someone I and others in the civil-rights community can work with if given the opportunity.” The Sessions nomination is further supported by President Obama’s former surgeon general, the Democratic leader in the Alabama state Senate and others, blacks all. Monday morning a group of black pastors from Alabama will hold a press conference at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill to endorse Jeff Sessions.