DNC: A.G. Nominee Jeff Sessions Must Recuse Himself


The Democratic National Committee (DNC) wants Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to recuse himself from voting on his own confirmation for Attorney General because of missing information on a questionnaire he submitted.

According to a Huffington Post report, advocacy groups are criticizing Sessions for leaving gaps in a questionnaire he turned into the Senate Judiciary Committee about his past.

DNC spokesman, Adam Hodge said, “Jeff Sessions has fiercely argued in the past that omitting information isn’t just wrong, that it may also be illegal. So what does he do once he’s nominated to be the Attorney General? He omits information from his dark past, particularly when he was deemed too racist to be a federal judge.Based on his own reasoning, and in keeping with Senate tradition, Sessions must recuse himself from voting on his own nomination.”

Beth Levine, Communication’s Director for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) defended Sessions on Saturday saying it was “preposterous” to say the Alabama lawmaker “hasn’t made a good faith effort to supply the committee with responsive material. Don’t forget, Attorney General Holder was supplementing his committee questionnaire with items more than a year after he was confirmed. It did nothing to slow down his confirmation.”

Levine also added, “It’s been clear from the day Sen. Sessions’ nomination was announced that the left-wing advocacy groups aren’t interested in a fair process and just want a fight. We trust the minority committee members will have the courage to give Sen. Sessions the fair and respectful process he deserves.”

 Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a member of the judiciary panel, said recently in a letter to Chuck Grassley that, “Sessions’ submission appeared incomplete. I am sure you would agree that staff must have sufficient time to do the due diligence on any nominee for this vital position—and this due diligence will likely take longer than the review for recent, prior nominees who had less materials to analyze.”

Feinstein followed up with, “Second, despite being voluminous, Senator Sessions’ production appears to have been put together in haste and is, on its face, incomplete.”

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