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Sen. Schatz to Oppose Sessions Nomination

Posted January 26, 2017, 10:19 AM HST
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Sen. Jeff Sessions. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=217675

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today released the following statement announcing he will vote against President Donald Trump’s nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for United States Attorney General.

“Our next attorney general will face critical challenges that will test our justice system and our values. We will need a leader committed to protecting the rights of every American, regardless of race, religion, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation. While I respect him as a colleague, Sen. Sessions is the wrong person to serve as attorney general.

“Throughout Sen. Sessions’ career, he has been on the wrong side of history. As a U.S. attorney and in the Senate, he failed to protect fundamental civil rights, including the right to vote. When he had the chance to protect equal rights for LGBTQ Americans and help reform a racially biased and outdated sentencing system, he refused to do so. When the Department of Justice worked to end racial discrimination and the use of excessive force by police, he stood in opposition. And when confronted with the reality of the president’s inhumane plan to deport undocumented children who call the United States home, he showed zero empathy.

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“Time and time again, when presented with the opportunity to advocate for the central mission of the Justice Department—pursuing equal justice for all—Sen. Sessions fell short.

“The Department of Justice needs a leader who can fully commit to protecting democracy and civil rights for all Americans, and build on our country’s foundation as a nation of immigrants. Sen. Sessions is not that leader.”

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IJ Sampaio More of a Racist then DumpJanuary 26, 2017 11:16am
Regina Rose Thank you Sen. Schatz!January 26, 2017 12:20pm
Gyongyi Momi Szirom Mahalo Sen. Schatz!January 26, 2017 12:26pm
Cynthia Marie La Cour-Walker Thank You!!January 26, 2017 01:11pm
Francis Chong As if the last one under GMObama was any better. Vote not for the party, vote for the best man or woman to do the job. Brian Schatz is no better either.January 26, 2017 01:16pm
Jim Lusby No surprise there!! Better get on the Trump train or get run over!!January 26, 2017 04:49pm
Tom Hunter Mahalo!!!!!January 26, 2017 07:42pm
Vicky De Luz What? Immigrants? Take care of our own first...like I live in a HUD funded housing for the elderly..they don't repair. My apt didn't see a coat of paint in over 15yrs, the bathroom is with mildew..and I can go on..where is the funding going?January 26, 2017 11:06pm
Nancy Sue Martin Clean your bathroom. Ask family to help you paint.January 27, 2017 03:19am
Nancy Sue Martin Good job Senator!January 27, 2017 03:19am
Les Miller Schatz, your comments say absolutely nothing except to further incite contrary to Sessions CV as AG of his state. He has represented the people of all backgrounds fairly without bias. Your purported facts are off based. Don't you think you owe it to your constituents to stop illuciting fear and anger? After all, politics is the art of persuasion isn't it senator?January 27, 2017 03:41am
Constance Cate Thanks Senator Schatz!January 28, 2017 06:55pm
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