This is an excerpt from the 2018 Steve Dustcircle book, Trump’s Cabinet: The Rise of Each Appointed Deplorable, available in ebook and paperback from Amazon.com. The book contains links to multiple references and citations.
JEFF SESSIONS, ATTORNEY GENERAL
The United States Attorney General is the highest office for chief attorney and head of law enforcement regarding anything that has to do with federal law and the Department of Justice.
The office was established in 1789 and is considered one of the four most important cabinet chairs. The others are the secretaries of the State, Treasury, and Defense. There is no fixed term for this position.
The most famous A.G. in history was Robert F. Kennedy, and there was never been a woman appointed to the position of Attorney General until Janet Reno in 1993 under then-President Bill Clinton. Since then, only two other women have been U.S.A.G.
Most recent to the office is Alabama Republican Senator and state Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. During his time as a congressman, Sessions—a Baptist Sunday school teacher—was considered far right-wing and very religious in his views and stances.
Jeff Sessions was born Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III in 1946 in Selma, Alabama, a city known for the starting point of Martin Luther King’s peaceful voting rights march of 6,000 to Montgomery, AL two decades later—the first march was met with violent resistance and unjust arrests, the second march was peaceful, escorted and successful.
His grandfather’s first name was a tribute to Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America. The middle name was in honor of the Confederate general, P.G.T. Beauregard, who started the southern revolt, igniting the beginning of the Civil War.
Sessions earned a degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery in 1969 with a Bachelor’s of Arts, and went on to study at the University of Alabama School of Law. He acquired a degree there in law, went into the military for four years, and went on to open his own private law practice in 1973.
Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama in 1981 under then-President Ronald Reagan, Jeff Sessions was the district’s Assistant U.S. attorney. He held that position for several re-elections (twelve years) until Attorney General Janet Reno told him to resign.
In 1985, Sessions charged and tried to convict three African American activists for ballot tampering, including one of Martin Luther King’s former aides. The case was thrown out and the three organizers were acquitted. They were known as the Marion Three.
The following year, Jeff Sessions was nominated and confirmed to be a judge in the U.S. District Court for the aforementioned area of Alabama. His nomination was opposed by major civil rights groups and humanitarian organizations, possible because of his past, including racist slurs. Any group that stood against Sessions—including the ACLU and the NAACP—were erroneously called “communist-inspired” and “un-American.” He even called a white civil rights lawyer a “disgrace” to the white race for sticking up for non-whites.
A black, fellow Assistant U.S. Attorney said that Jeff Sessions has called him “boy.” This said attorney—Thomas Figures—also testified under oath that Sessions admired the Ku Klux Klan until he found out that an unnumbered “they” smoked marijuana, which Sessions admits but says it was in a kidding fashion.
Additionally, Figures said that Sessions alluded to wanting to decline on most civil rights cases, and told him to “be careful what you say to white folks,” which the Attorney General denies.
Some of Sessions’ comrades say that he champions civil rights virtues, but critics say that there is evidence on the contrary and that Sessions’ claims are highly exaggerated.
In 1986, Jeff Sessions was nominated for the Senate, but his nomination was shot down, the second in 48 years to have the Senate Judiciary Committee to have done so. It was doubtful that Sessions could be “fair and impartial,” said Alabama Senator Howell Hefflin.
When Jeff Sessions became Alabama state’s Attorney General, Senator Edward Kennedy called Sessions a disgraceful “throw-back to a shameful era.”
During his time as A.G. for Alabama, he tried to defend unconstitutional state-funding for schools based on race and wealth disparities. The Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance also sued the state of Alabama for discrimination against selected LGBTQ organizations at different universities.
In 1996—ten years after his previous, failed confirmation to the Senate—Jeff Sessions finally made it into Congress. He then was re-elected three more times until he was forced out by then-Attorney General, Janet Reno.
It was also in 1996 that Sessions said that he felt that any second conviction for drug sales—even for marijuana—should be a mandatory death sentence. His views have become lighter since then, but this is the kind of advocate / lawyer he is.
During his re-election campaigns, it has been found that the five largest donors to the Sessions agenda were:
Southern Company (utilities firm)
Balch & Bingham (law firm)
Drummond Company (coal mining firm)
Collazo Enterprises (IT services)
Vulcan Materials (construction materials)
He also scored some pocket cash from businesses involved with health, insurance, and real estate while campaigning.
Jeff Sessions is a strong opponent of not only “illegal” immigration, but he is also against any foreigners moving to the United States. He is against any “pathway to citizenship,” claiming it somehow undermines law and order. His Senate website deceptively states that there is a connection between immigrants and terrorism.
He is an endorser of e-Verify and building a wall along the Mexican border.
Sessions is a champion of the wars that America started or got involved with, and he is for torturing enemies (and coincidentally is in favor of cruel treatment of U.S. inmates and prisoners). In 2005, he also said he is in favor of the war in Iraq, saying that anti-war activists are against freedom and liberty. Ironically, he claims he is “pro-life.”
In 2013, Jeff Sessions stood against the National Endowment for the Humanities, saying they waste money on things he didn’t agree with, and said they were violating Christian territorial boundaries by making available in prisons Muslim literature. Oh, the irony!
Speaking of diversity and inclusion, the Human Rights Campaign—a LGBTQ advocacy group—graded Session’s 114th Congress a zero for him voting against the Matthew Shepard Act, which would have placed crimes based on gender and orientation in the “hate crimes” category. He believes marriage is only between a woman and a man, and should be federally enforced.
Scientifically, Sessions is ignorant. He is skeptical about the scientific studies of climate change, votes in favor of oil drilling, feels human life begins at fertilization, is against stem cell research, and voted against patient protection and the healthcare reform. He is not a scientist, but his followers will take his side any view he takes, which seems to always be against what scientists find is true.
When Donald Trump nominated Jeff Sessions for the position of Attorney General, over 1,400 law school professors wrote a letter trying to convince the Senate to reject the nomination. However, Trump said that critiques against Sessions were unfair.
There were even activist protesting the nomination, and the President of the NAACP was arrested, including five other civil rights activists. Sadly, this is the same human rights group that Sessions called names and harassed back in the 1980s. In 2002, he also tried to defend racist comments made by Charles Pickering. More protesters started showing up to other nomination hearing sessions in January 2017.
Instead of the confirmation hearing happening immediately, it was delayed so that Sessions—as a senator—could vote and help confirm the nomination of Secretary of Education nominee, Betsy DeVos. Sessions was the swing-vote.
Senator Elizabeth Warren opposed Jeff Session’s confirmation, but her statements reading was abruptly interrupted by Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. She was then publicly rebuked. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon then read the exact statements a few hours later … without interruption. Yes, interesting.
Recently it’s been discovered that Sessions lied (again) about having connections to Russia prior to the inauguration of President Donald Trump. He did in fact have a couple of meetings with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. for strategic talks.
Upon taking office, Sessions fired 46 United States Attorneys and disbanded the National Commission on Forensic Science.