Yeomans: Sessions Is In Over His Head, and It Shows

Press Release


Washington, D.C., October 20, 2017  – In the latest edition of Yeomans Work, AFJ’s Ronald Goldfarb Fellow for Justice Bill Yeomans writes that at a Senate oversight hearing this week, Jeff Sessions demonstrated again “that he is not fit by virtue of intellect, knowledge, character, or temperament to serve as Attorney General of the United States.”

In “Sessions Reminds Us Why He Should Not Be Attorney General,” Yeomans writes that Sessions “once again changed his story about contacts with Russians, appeared poorly informed about major issues, seemed lost when questions did more than scratch the surface, and refused on the basis of specious grounds to answer questions central to understanding the firing of FBI Director James Comey,” and that he “frequently appears to be out of his depth.”

He adds that Congress should continue to push Sessions to reveal what he knows about Comey’s firing, and that investigators in Robert Mueller’s office have the power to compel Sessions to testify – and should.

Moreover, with regard to how Sessions is doing his job, Yeomans writes:

“Sessions’s record as a senator made it reasonable to expect that he would – as he has – curtail enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, stop holding police departments accountable for unconstitutional conduct, eliminate protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, reject criminal justice reform, and take harsh stances on immigration. Those were all grounds to oppose his confirmation.”

Bill Yeomans is available for interviews: contact Laurie Kinney at laurie@afj.org.