10.26.17

Leahy Releases Further Under-Oath Queries To AG Sessions As Part Of The Judiciary Committee’s DOJ Oversight Hearing Process

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday released his written questions for the record to Attorney General Jeff Sessions following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Justice Department oversight hearing with him last week. 

Leahy’s written questions – to which Attorney General Sessions will provide responses under oath – focus on a variety of issues, including Sessions’ misleading testimony in response to a prior question from Leahy about the scope of his contacts with Russian officials as a senior Trump campaign surrogate.   

Leahy’s questions also probe why President Trump is personally interviewing U.S. attorney nominees – an extraordinarily unusual move – and only for districts in which he has properties or his close associates are under federal investigation.  Leahy also presses the Attorney General to recuse himself from any cases in which he clearly has conflicts of interest.

Leahy also questions the Attorney General about the Justice Department’s sharp reversals on voting rights cases; on his guidance to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals in the name of religious liberty; on plans that may eviscerate due process and judicial independence in immigration courts; and on threats to press freedom. 

Leahy’s written questions to Attorney General Sessions can be found online HERE: https://www.leahy.senate.gov/download/leahy-qfrs-to-ag-sessions-102617.

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