All this talk about trump’s firing of the FBI director has caused us to overlook another very important and troubling story: The actions of Beauregard Sessions throughout this sad saga.
The Attorney General was to recuse himself from anything having to do with the Russia investigation of team trump, and yet we are learning that he participated in trump’s decision to remove Comey and will be helping trump search for his replacement.
This is the same Attorney General, mind you, who has been moving at warp speed since taking office to remove gains made in Civil Rights over the past 50 years.
I don’t always like to quote the good Reverend but he is right when he says the following:
“Sessions has set out with a vengeance to transform the Department of Justice into a Department of Injustice. He’s been hindered by the incompetence that characterizes this administration. He’s home alone in his department, with no nominations offered for the heads of top DOJ units – the civil rights, criminal or national security divisions. His deputies – Nos. 2 and 3 in the DOJ – have been nominated but not confirmed.
That has slowed but not stopped Sessions’ efforts to rollback basic rights. He’s reversed the Justice Department’s position of challenging voter identification laws; he deems the Voting Rights Act too “intrusive.” Now the DOJ will intervene in favor of states that pass discriminatory measures to restrict access to the ballot. The right to vote – the fundamental right of a democracy – will now depend on the willingness of judges to stand up for the truth, as U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos did in ignoring the DOJ intervention and ruling that the Texas ID law was “passed, at least in part, with a discriminatory purpose.”
Sessions has issued orders to revive the old, failed war on drugs. The promising bipartisan efforts to reform sentencing provisions to end the mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders are to be abandoned. Sessions wants to revive private prisons and insure them a steady stream of prisoners. People of color, particularly young African American men, will be the greatest victims of this injustice.” [Source]
And let’s not forget why Sessions had to recuse himself in the first place. He lied to congress under oath about his contacts with the Russians. Think about that for a minute. The chief law enforcement officer in our country lied to congress under oath!
Sadly, I am afraid it’s only going to get worse from here, because racists and those meaning to roll back gains in civil rights are becoming more emboldened, and they are acting in ways that hark back to a time when people of color were second class citizens. This is not the time to have an attorney general in office who sympathizes with those of that ilk.
Yes, we have to pay attention to trump and all that he is doing, but remember, it’s just as important to watch the man he put in charge of deciding what is just and what isn’t as well.
*Pic from slate.com