Schneiderman urges Senate to oppose Jeff Sessions for U.S. attorney general
January 18, 2017
As published by the Auburn Citizen on January 18, 2017.
A coalition of attorneys general from five states and the District of Columbia — all Democrats — are urging the U.S. Senate to reject Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general.
The group, which includes New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, sent a letter to U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Dianne Feinstein, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, criticizing Sessions’ record on criminal justice and race issues.
Sessions is a Republican U.S. senator from Alabama. He was previously Alabama’s state attorney general.
“Senator Sessions has stood for policies antithetical to this core mission of the Justice Department,” the attorneys general wrote. “For these reasons, we believe him to be unqualified for the role of United States attorney general. We join the thousands of individuals and organizations that have voiced their opposition to Senator Sessions’ appointment and respectfully urge you to reject his nomination.”
The letter was signed by Schneiderman, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
The four-page letter accuses Sessions of not protecting racial minorities and criticizes him for how he managed the state attorney general’s office in Alabama. The attorneys general also accuse him of making racially insensitive comments.