Published: Tue, January 31, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Jeff Sessions Says He'll Review 'Effectiveness' of DOJ's Marijuana Guidance

Jeff Sessions Says He'll Review 'Effectiveness' of DOJ's Marijuana Guidance

At the opening of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 10, President Trump's attorney general nominee, Sen.

Just a few hours later, the Trump administration delivered her a handwritten letter-she was sacked and being replaced with USA attorney Dana J. Boente the day before Jeff Sessions, a man who was once voted too racist to be a judge, could become Attorney General. She persisted as she was dragged from the room: "But no to racism, no to hate, no to Jeff Sessions, no to the ban on refugees!" For Democrats to derail the nomination of Sessions, some Republicans also would have to join them in opposition. Those charges cost him a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in 1986 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he will vote against the nominee because of concerns about Sessions' civil rights record, his failure to address Russia's interference in the November presidential election and ethical conflicts in the Trump administration, among other issues.

The Senate Finance Committee is also expected to advance Trump's nominations of Republican Representative Tom Price to be health secretary, and Steve Mnuchin, a wealthy former financier, to lead the US Treasury.

In his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions insisted that he would do his "dead level best" to enforce laws that he might not have supported as a legislator.

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates took that responsibility seriously yesterday when she directed the agency not to defend Trump's executive order barring USA entry to refugees and to anyone from seven Muslim countries.

US Elite Forces Attack Qaeda in Yemen
Navy SEAL and the 8-year-old American daughter of deceased al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki were both killed in the Yemen raid. A United States official told CNN that an al Qaeda leader was also killed in the battle.

Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, took aim at Justice Department settlements that require defendants to make donations to nonvictim third parties.

"I'll go out but you don't need to drag me", she said.

Klobuchar sought assurances from the nominee that the White House wouldn't influence agency actions in the wake of meetings between Trump and executives from Monsanto Co. and Bayer AG, and AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc.

Trump quickly fired Yates and installed Dana Boente, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to run the Justice Department.

Instead, Democrats used a procedural move to delay the process. "And he'll enforce the law, regardless of whether he would've supported passage of that law as a legislator".

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