Jeff Sessions on Principles & Values
Republican Jr Senator (AL)
That weekend, the President called McGahn and directed him to have the Special Counsel removed because of asserted conflicts of interest. McGahn did not carry out the instruction for fear of being seen as triggering another Saturday Night Massacre and instead prepared to resign. McGahn ultimately did not quit and the President did not follow up with McGahn on his request to remove the Special Counsel.
The recusal came after The Washington Post reported that during the presidential campaign, Sessions had twice met with Russia's ambassador to the US. Sessions had not disclosed the meetings when he was asked at his confirmation hearing about contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign. "I did not have communications with the Russians," Sessions had said.
At a news conference, Sessions insisted that his recusal was not a reaction to the Post's reporting. Sessions told advisers in the months that followed that he had no choice in the matter. The investigation was of Trump's campaign and its relationship with a foreign power. How could Sessions oversee that without raising questions about whether he had a conflict of interest?
That is the way I was expected to perform as an assistant US attorney. That is the way I trained my assistants when I became US attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. And if confirmed, that is the way I will run the Department of Justice.
Democrats have a single candidate for six other statewide offices. No Democrat stepped out to challenge Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions.
The Democrats don't have a candidate for the state Supreme Court associate justice seat on the ballot. Nor do they have a candidate for three seats on the state appeals courts that are on the ballot.
Figures actually dropped by Sessions’ Mobile office Monday to deliver the debate challenge, but no one was at work on the Columbus Day holiday. So, Figures said she faxed and e-mailed the debate challenge to Sessions Tuesday As of late Tuesday, Figures said, she had not received a response from the Sessions campaign.
The state director for Sessions, said the campaign had received nothing from Figures. “We haven’t received anything to respond to,” he said, adding that Figures should have approached them months ago. “We debated in 1996 and 2002 and in each case the details of those debates were worked out months ahead of time. This is something we’re not going to be discussing,” he said.
"In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
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