Dems On Sessions: ‘A Man Of His Word’

‘He Is Always A Gentleman,’ ‘Wonderful To Work With,’ ‘We’ve Relied On Him,’ ‘A Great U.S. Attorney,’ ‘Treated [Me] With Great Dignity’

FORMER-SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN (D-CT), Democratic Nominee For Vice-President: “I always found Jeff to be an honorable and trustworthy person, a smart and good lawyer, and a thoughtful and open-minded listener… I believe that he will be a principled, fair, and capable Attorney General.  If I were in the Senate today, I would vote ‘aye’ on his nomination.” (Former-Sen. Lieberman, Letter To Sens. Grassley & Feinstein, 1/6/17)

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): ‘We Work Together Well… He Is Straightforward And Fair’

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “Senator Sessions. … We are from different parts of the country. We are different ideologically. But we work together well, and it is a tribute to Jeff. He is straightforward and fair, and I very much appreciate that all the time.” (U.S. Senate, Homeland Security Committee, Hearing, P.6, 4/17/2002)

  • SCHUMER: “I want to sincerely thank my colleague, Jeff Sessions. We are from different parts of the country, and not only different parties, but clearly different ideologies, but he is always a gentleman. And we have come to agreement, I think, that these kinds of debates are very healthy, a lot better, as he mentioned earlier, as did Orrin, than the ‘gotcha’ politics which just demeaned everything--the nominees, the Committee, the courts, the country.” (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, 9/24/02)
  • SCHUMER: “As always, I am grateful to Jeff Sessions as Ranking Member on this subcommittee. It is pleasure serving with him and his staff... We occasionally have our disagreements. If Jeff were here, he would probably say more than occasionally, but it is always a pleasure to work with him.” (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, 9/24/02)

SEN. PAT LEAHY (D-VT): “Senator Sessions is here: Of course, Senator Sessions is also a former U.S. Attorney and knows what one goes through in that regard, and we’ve relied on him for that experience.(U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, P.117, 1/15-16/2009)

SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “Senator Sessions is a man of his word.” (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, Pg.191, 6/28-7/1/2010)

ERIC HOLDER, Former U.S. Attorney General: Sen. Sessions ‘a great U.S. attorney’ “Well, Senator, as you know, having been a prosecutor and a great U.S. attorney yourself, there are a whole variety of things that have to go into making a prosecutive determination: What was that person's intent? Did that person act under the thought that he or she had authorization from a higher authority? These are all the kinds of things that would have to be weighed in trying to make a determination whether somebody had acted appropriately, inappropriately, lawfully, or unlawfully." (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, Pg. 118, 1/15-16/2009)

TOM PEREZ, U.S. Sec. Of Labor: “Senator Sessions, I've always had great respect for you and appreciate the respect you accorded me, dating back to 1989 when I was in Mobile, Alabama, prosecuting Danny Miller in a case that you supported 100 percent of the way.” (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, 4/20/10)

  • PEREZ: “I had the opportunity to serve the Department in a number of capacities. I started as a law clerk in 1986 under Attorney General Ed Meese. I entered the Department in 1989 and served under Attorneys General Thornburgh and Barr and later under Attorney General Reno. … I had the privilege of serving as a first-line supervisor in the Criminal Section.  I traveled the country. My first travel was to Mobile, Alabama, where we were treated with great dignity by then-U.S. Attorney and now Senator Jeff Sessions, the first trial that I participated in, and he was a wonderfully welcoming person, a wonderfully welcoming U.S. Attorney, and I am very grateful for that work.” (U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Hearing, 4/29/10)


Related Issues: Nominations, Law Enforcement