Reed Announces Opposition To Sessions Nomination For Attorney General

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today issued the following statement
announcing that he will vote against the nomination of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions
(R-AL) to be the next U.S. Attorney General:

«On a personal and professional level, I respect Senator Sessions. We have very
different views, but there is no denying he has an extensive legal background.

«However, the Attorney General is our nation’s chief law enforcement officer. Their
job is to defend the Constitution and be an independent voice within the
administration. Senator Sessions has not demonstrated sufficient willingness to
push back against President Trump’s unconstitutional executive overreach.

«Our next Attorney General should be a champion for all Americans’ civil rights and
civil liberties. They should instill confidence in our judiciary and our elections,
and be an impartial arbiter of the due process that is so critical to the rule of

«Therefore, I cannot support Senator Sessions’ nomination to be Attorney General.»