As attorney general, Sessions will undo rights

As attorney general, Sessions will undo rights

As attorney general, Sessions will undo rights

Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, as the nation's next attorney general.

Nevertheless a number of the Democratic members on the Judiciary Committee have already indicated they are ready to toughly vet the nominee.

Ever since Donald Trump announced his plans to appoint marijuana opponent Jeff Sessions to the position of United States Attorney General, the marijuana world has had its head spinning.

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"Senator Sessions has developed an extensive record on important issues within this Committee's jurisdiction, and over which he would yield significant power as Attorney General", the Senators wrote.

"We urge you to ensure that the nominations process is thorough, transparent, and fair - not just a rubber stamp", the Democrats wrote. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 in Washington. Grassley has indicated that Sessions is now completing the committee questionnaire and once that is returned, Grassley will announce a hearing date.

Grassley pushed back at Democrat concerns and said that they should resist the urge to turn the confirmation hearings into an attack on Sessions' character. After all, I told myself, this is what the majority of the American people wanted, or perhaps I should say the better part of the Electoral College. John Ashcroft had several days of hearings when he was nominated and eventually confirmed as attorney general under President George W. Bush. "With this background, I'm confident he would be reported favorably out of the committee". People For the American Way President Michael Keegan called on the Senate to reject Sessions as attorney general, saying he has not changed since he had a "disastrous record on civil rights" at the time of Sessions' failed 1986 nomination to be a federal judge.

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Another committee Democrat, Connecticut Sen. As a U.S. Senator, Sessions voted against the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and voted for a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage.

As attorney general, Sessions would be responsible for upholding civil rights laws, and the Senate Judiciary Committee should not give their senate colleague a pass but question him thoroughly on past allegations and his current views on civil rights and civil liberties. They noted in the letter that Grassley had not held a confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland, Obama's pick in March to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Sessions has also been quoted as deriding the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act and for describing the ACLU and the NAACP as unpatriotic, according to CNN.

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