Sen. Sessions’ Long Distinguished Record Is Clear
‘Senators Know Sessions’ … Personally As One Of Their Own’
“Senators know Sessions’ voting record and positions very well, said Durbin, the Senate’s No. 2 Democratic leader. They also know him personally as one of their own, which Durbin acknowledged could make the difference…” (Bloomberg, 1/9/17)
“[Office of Government Ethics] has released the ethics agreements and financial disclosures for … Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the attorney general nominee…” (“Senators Gear Up For Confirmation Battles,” Roll Call, 1/9/17)
Sen. Sessions’ Prodigiously Documented Record Is Thorough & Complete
Senator Sessions provided over 150,000 pages of material in his response to the Judiciary Committee’s questionnaire, which is a more thorough and complete record than any Attorney General nominee in recent memory.
- “‘This is more than 100 times what Attorney General [Loretta] Lynch produced (1,500 pages) and more than 29 times what [former] Attorney General [Eric] Holder produced (5,100 pages),’ Feinstein wrote to the committee’s chairman, Chuck Grassley of Iowa.” (“Senate Already Bickering Over Sessions,” Politico, 12/13/16)
- The questionnaire identified and listed more than 2,500 television, radio, and print interviews, and included copies of those interviews whenever available. This includes more than 50 hours of video and audio clips provided to the Committee.
Democrats Highly Questionable Questionnaire Queries
MYTH: According to the left-wing groups, “Senator Sessions appears unwilling or unable to provide” an op-ed from August 3, 2011, in the Bluffton News-Banner.
- FACT: The article mentioned is actually a reprint of an op-ed called “Democrats Default,” previously published in The Washington Times, which was provided (and listed in Appendix A) in Senator Sessions’ original response to the questionnaire.
MYTH: According to the left-wing groups, an op-ed from July 3, 2014, entitled “On Immigration, It’s Time to Defend Americans,” published in The National Review is not included in the questionnaire response.
- FACT: This piece was included (and listed in Appendix A) in the original response to the questionnaire, listed as a press release entitled, “Sen. Sessions In National Review: On Immigration, It’s Time To Defend Americans.”
MYTH: According to the left-wing groups, the questionnaire “and supplements are still missing the Foreword he wrote in Consent Decrees in Institutional Reform Litigation: Strategies for State Legislatures, published by the Alabama Policy Institute in 2008.”
- FACT: This foreword was included (and listed in Appendix A) in Senator Sessions’ original response to the questionnaire.
MYTH: According to the left-wing groups, for the period of 1981-2002, the questionnaire response included only “20 media interviews, 16 speeches outside the U.S. Senate (of which 9 are press conferences), 2 op-eds, an academic article, and a training manual.”
- FACT: For the period of 1981-2002, the Questionnaire response also provided more than 1,250 pages of hearing transcripts from hearings where Senator Sessions himself testified before Congress, 15 amicus briefs filed before the Supreme Court (totaling more than 200 pages), and more than 330 press releases and written statements (including more than 250 pages of press releases and written statements from before his Senate term).
MYTH: According to the left-wing groups, the questionnaire does not “make a good-faith effort—or any effort—to provide [interviews].”
- FACT: The questionnaire nevertheless identified and listed more than 2,500 television, radio, and print interviews, and included copies of those interviews whenever available, just as the questionnaire requires. This includes more than 50 hours of video and audio clips provided to the Committee.
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