Early this fall, Miss Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close confidante of the president, predicted that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III would soon be out of a job, but insisted POTUS should wait until after November’s midterm elections. Graham:
“The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice. Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn’t have the confidence of the president.”
The pint-sized attorney general was fired/quit this morning. POTUS tweeted:
“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well …We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date!”
It all started in March 2017, when Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation and Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein took over. Rosenstein soon appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the Russia probe, which made the president go ape-shit.
The president has repeatedly called on Sessions to end the probe on Twitter and in press conferences. Aside from the president lashing out at him, Sessions’ short tenure as attorney general has largely been focused on carrying out the policies of the Trump Administration, especially the zero-tolerance immigration policy which lead to the separation of families on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Sessions announced the policy in May, warning those coming to the country illegally that the administration would prosecute them.
“I have put in place a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for illegal entry on our Southwest border. If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple. If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.”
The policy was criticized by Democrats and even some Republicans. Sessions sent more judges and prosecutors to the southern border to help with processing illegal border crossers.
Besides hating brown people, Sessions has been determined to make life miserable for LGBTQ citizens. He has zero rating from the Human Rights Campaign, the United States’ largest LGBTQ advocacy group. He voted against the Matthew Shepard Act, which added acts of bias-motivated violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity to federal hate-crimes law. Sessions:
“…it has been said to cheapen the civil rights movement“.
Sessions has stated that he:
“… believes that a marriage is union between a man and a woman and has routinely criticized the U.S. Supreme Court and activist lower courts when they try to judicially redefine marriage”.
Itty-bitty Sessions voted in favor of advancing the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006, a constitutional amendment which would have permanently restricted federal recognition of marriages to those between a man and a woman. Sessions voted against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010.
Sessions also said this regarding the appointment of a gay Supreme Court justice:
“I do not think that a person who acknowledges that they have gay tendencies is disqualified, per se, for the job but it would be a big concern that the American people might feel—might feel uneasy about that”.
The elfin Sessions is against legalizing marijuana even for medicinal use. He said that he was “heartbroken” and found “it beyond comprehension” when President Barck Obama said that cannabis is not as dangerous as alcohol. Always fun at a party, in 2016, he said that it was important to:
“… foster knowledge that this drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about … and to send that message with clarity that good people don’t smoke marijuana”.
In 1981, President Ronald Wilson Reagan nominated him to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. The Senate confirmed little Sessions and he held that position for 12 years until William Jefferson Clinton‘s Attorney General, Janet Reno, asked for his resignation.
In 1985, Sessions prosecuted three African-American community organizers in Alabama, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s former aide Albert Turner, for voter fraud, alleging tampering with 14 absentee ballots. The prosecution stirred charges of selective prosecution of black voter registration. The defendants, known as the Marion Three, were acquitted of all charges by a jury after three hours of deliberation. In 2009, tiny Sessions said he remained convinced that he did the right thing but admitted he “failed to make the case”.
In 1996, Sessions won the Republican primary for the Senate, after a runoff, and then defeated Democrat Roger Bedford in the November general election. That same year, the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance sued the state of Alabama after the Alabama Legislature attempted to deny funding to student organizations that advocated on behalf of homosexuality at public universities. Sessions defended the state, arguing that funding should not be provided to student groups that advocated unlawful behavior, including the breaking of sodomy and sexual misconduct laws. Diminutive Sessions argued: “…the State of Alabama will experience irreparable harm by funding a conference and activities in violation of state law“. A U.S. District court ultimately ruled the law unconstitutional in Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance v. Sessions.
“Short-stack” Sessions issued a sweeping “religious exemptions” guidelines which invited taxpayer-funded federal agencies, government employees, and government contractors to legally discriminate against LGBTQ employees as long as they cite a religious belief as the reason for doing it.
This summer, petite Sessions announced the creation of a “Religious Liberty” Task Force at the Department of Justice’s Religious Liberty Summit. As stated by Sessions, the group’s purpose is to ensure that the Justice Department upholds the administration’s guidance for religious exemptions. He released his report last week.
On February 7, 2017, Senate Mitch McConnell stopped Senator Elizabeth Warren from reading statements opposing Sessions for a federal judgeship that had been made by Ted Kennedy and Coretta Scott King. Warren was then officially rebuked per Senate Rule XIX on a party-line vote for “impugning a fellow senator’s character”. A few hours later, my senator, Jeff Merkley, read without interruption the same letter by King that Warren had attempted to read. Sessions was confirmed the next day as Attorney General by a vote of 52 to 47. Today, the magic ended.