ISSUE BRIEF: Attorney General Jeff Sessions: A Rubber Stamp for the Chief Executive?

What His Record as Alabama Attorney General Portends for America as Donald Trump’s Attorney General

 

Summary

President-elect Donald Trump has designated Alabama Senator Jefferson B. Sessions to be his nominee to lead the Justice Department as the 84th Attorney General of the United States. How would Sessions perform in that role?

Would Sessions be an independent voice, fighting Trump Administration corruption, acting as a bulwark against Trump’s abuse of constitutional text and values? Or would Sessions be a rubber stamp for an administration that threatens to be the most corrupt since Warren Harding? For clues, we have examined Sessions’ record as Alabama Attorney General under Governor Fob James – compiled from archived press reports and original source documents.

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