Jeff Sessions on Principles & Values

Republican Jr Senator (AL)


Tendered resignation after Special Counsel Mueller appointed

On May 17, 2017, Acting Attorney General Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to conduct the Russia investigation and matters that arose from the investigation. The President stated that the Special Counsel's appointment was the end of his presidency and that Attorney General Sessions had failed to protect him and should resign. Sessions submitted his resignation, which the President ultimately did not accept. The President told senior advisors that the Special Counsel had conflicts of interest, but they responded that those claims were "ridiculous" and posed no obstacle

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.

Source: The Mueller Report, Vol. ii, pp. 77-8 , Apr 23, 2019

Recusal from Mueller investigation for conflict of interest

[By Dec. 2016, the Obama US intelligence community concluded that Russia influenced the election to benefit Trump]. Shortly after, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he would rescue himself from any investigation of the 2016 campaign.

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?

Source: Mueller Report: Wash. Post Related Materials, p. 16-7 , Apr 23, 2019

Total fidelity to the laws and the Constitution

The office of the attorney general of the United States is not a political position, and anyone who holds it must have total fidelity to the laws and the Constitution of the United States. He or she must be committed to following the law. He or she must be willing to tell the president "no" if he overreaches. He or she cannot be a mere rubber stamp to any idea the president has. He or she also must set the example for the employees in the department to do the right thing and ensure that they know the attorney general will back them up, no matter what politician might call, or what powerful special interest, influential contributor, or friend might try to intervene. The message must be clear: Everyone is expected to do their duty.

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.

Source: 2017 Trump transition: A.G. Confirmation Hearings , Jan 10, 2017

Sessions runs unopposed for 2014 Senate re-election

The Alabama Democratic Party picked up a handful of statewide candidates on the last day of qualifying today, but still has only one statewide contested race in the June 3 primary. That's the one at the top of the ticket. Former Congressman Parker Griffith turned in his qualifying papers just a few minutes before the 5 PM deadline to run for governor. He'll face political newcomer Kevin Bass of Fayette in the June 3 primary.

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.

Source: AL.com blog on 2014 Alabama Senate race , Feb 8, 2014

Declines debate challenge from Vivian Figures

Vivian Davis Figures did what challengers who are behind in the polls and short on money usually do--she challenged her incumbent opponent to debate her. Sen. Jeff Sessions did what incumbents ahead in the polls and flush with money usually do --he ignored the challenge.

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.

Source: 2008 Alabama Senate Debate reported in The Birmingham News , Oct 15, 2008

Bring Washington the values that make Alabama great

Sessions shares the belief that we should guard against government overreach, but when it acts it should act in a common sense way that strengthens our families and institutions. It is his continued goal to bring the values that make Alabama great to Washington and help raise them to the forefront of the national debate whenever possible.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website , Aug 12, 2008

Voted with Republican Party 89.3% of 317 votes.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), was scored by the Washington Post on the percentage of votes on which a lawmaker agrees with the position taken by a majority of his or her party members. The scores do not include missed votes. Their summary:
Voted with Republican Party 89.3% of 317 votes.
Overall, Democrats voted with their party 88.4% of the time, and Republicans voted with their party 81.7% of the time (votes Jan. 8 through Sept. 8, 2007).
Source: Washington Post, "Congress Votes Database" on 2008 election , Sep 8, 2007

Voted NO on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. In her opening statement, Judge Sotomayor pledged a "fidelity to the law:"
"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."
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination; Bill PN506 ; vote number 2009-S262 on Aug 6, 2009

Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

Religious affiliation: Methodist.

Sessions : religious affiliation:

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What’s an adherent?

The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a person’s membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. There’s no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH7 on Nov 7, 2000

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