Of all Donald Trump’s horrible, awful, disturbing picks for cabinet and high level government positions, Jeff Sessions for Attorney General may be near the top of the list.
Sessions, as US Senator from Alabama, also used to frequently blast previous nominees for failing to provide the committee with a full account of their backgrounds. This is a problem for Sessions, because now, according to exhaustive reports from progressive advocacy groups Alliance for Justice and People for the American Way, he is withholding decades worth of records from his career prior to his own confirmation hearing.
The Huffington Post points out:
The groups, which include Alliance for Justice and People for the American Way, reviewed the questionnaire that Sessions filled out for the Senate Judiciary Committee ― it requires complete documentation of employment history, published writings, interviews and speeches, among other things ― and found “astonishingly deficient” responses. He left out major details from his years as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, from 1981 to 1993; as attorney general of Alabama, from 1995 to 1997; and as a first-term U.S. senator, from 1997 to 2002.
The gaps encompass the time, for example, when Sessions was nominated to be a federal judge in 1986 ― and then rejected after being deemed too racist.
He also omitted dozens of recent interviews, some of which included controversial statements he made. An October interview in which Sessions gave Trump a pass for making sexist comments, because “everybody knows that Trump likes women” and “uses this kind of talk,” was not cited in his questionnaire. A December 2015 interview in which Sessions says “the predictions aren’t coming true” about climate change having disastrous effects is also not mentioned.
A Trump transition team spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment, nor did a Senate spokesman for Sessions.
In a letter written to undermine one of President Obama’s judicial nominees in 2010, Sessions himself wrote that “At best, this nominee’s extraordinary disregard for the Committee’s constitutional role demonstrates incompetence; at worst, it creates the impression that he knowingly attempted to hide his most controversial work from the Committee. Professor Liu’s unwillingness to take seriously his obligation to complete these basic forms is potentially disqualifying and has placed his nomination in jeopardy.”
Hopefully, someone has copied Sessions’ words from that letter in a similar letter about him. The hypocrisy on this one is through the roof.