101 Facts About Jeff Sessions

1. Jeff Sessions holds his granddaughter, Jane Ritchie Reinhardt, in 2008.

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2. Jeff Sessions quickly reversed a number of the progressive reforms introduced under President Barack Obama, including reducing penalties for drug offenses, ending private prison contracts, and investigating conduct of local police departments.

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3. Jeff Sessions served as a Sunday School teacher before he became Attorney General.

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4. Jeff Sessions was pursuing his bachelor's degree there while serving as the student body president of the Young Republicans.

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5. Jeff Sessions was born in Selma, Alabama and was the state's senator from 1997 to 2017.

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6. In 2007, Jeff Sessions got a bill passed essentially banning for 10 years federal contractors who hire illegal immigrants.

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7. Jeff Sessions is popular back home: Aside from his first election in 1996, Sessions has never won with less than 59 percent of the vote.

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8. Jeff Sessions resigned as attorney general at Trump's request in November 2018.

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9. On December 11, 2013, Jeff Sessions cosponsored the Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2013, a bill that would reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 and would authorize funding through 2018 to help child abuse victims.

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10. In 1999, Jeff Sessions cosponsored the bill to award Rosa Parks the Congressional Gold Medal.

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11. Jeff Sessions has voted to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

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12. Jeff Sessions has voted in favor of legislation that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.

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13. Jeff Sessions is skeptical of the scientific consensus on climate change.

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14. Jeff Sessions was "heartbroken" and found "it beyond comprehension" when President Obama said that cannabis is not as dangerous as alcohol.

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15. Jeff Sessions criticized the foundation for distributing books related to Islam to hundreds of US libraries, saying "Using taxpayer dollars to fund education program grant questions that are very indefinite or in an effort to seemingly use Federal funds on behalf of just one religion, does not on its face appear to be the appropriate means to establish confidence in the American people that NEH expenditures are wise.

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16. On October 5, 2005, Jeff Sessions was one of nine Senators who voted against a Senate amendment to a House bill that prohibited cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment of individuals in the custody or under the physical control of the United States Government.

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17. Jeff Sessions has expressed the view that the children of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries are "susceptible to the toxic radicalization of terrorist organizations" on the basis of the Orlando and San Bernardino Attacks.

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18. Jeff Sessions called the fatal vehicle-ramming attack at the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia an act of domestic terrorism, and began a civil rights investigation into the attack to determine if it will be tried in court as a hate crime.

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19. On January 4, 2018, Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memorandum, which had prevented federal prosecutors from bringing charges against state legalized marijuana use.

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20. On December 22, 2017, Jeff Sessions rescinded guidelines intended to warn local courts against imposing excessive fines and fees on poor defendants.

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21. On June 13, 2017, Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee after canceling testimonies before the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations.

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22. Jeff Sessions released a statement on March 1, 2017, saying "I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign.

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23. On March 1, 2017, reports surfaced that Jeff Sessions had contact with Russian government officials during the 2016 US presidential election, even though during his confirmation hearings he denied he had any discussions with representatives of the Russian government.

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24. On December 21, 2017, Jeff Sessions rescinded 200 pages of guidance documents.

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25. In March 2017, Jeff Sessions had recused himself from investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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26. On May 9, 2017, Jeff Sessions delivered a memo to the President recommending Trump fire FBI Director James Comey, attaching a memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein which called the Director's behavior indefensible.

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27. Jeff Sessions was introduced by Senator Susan Collins from Maine who said, "Jeff Sessions's a decent individual with a strong commitment to the rule of law.

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28. Jeff Sessions donned a "Make America Great Again" cap at a Trump rally in August 2015, and Stephen Miller, Sessions's longtime-communications director, joined the Trump campaign.

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29. Jeff Sessions was on the short list to become Trump's running mate, a position that ultimately went to Mike Pence.

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30. Jeff Sessions has always defended his civil rights record, saying that "when I was [a US Attorney], I signed 10 pleadings attacking segregation or the remnants of segregation, where we as part of the Department of Justice, we sought desegregation remedies".

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31. Jeff Sessions testified that "Mr Sessions admonished me to 'be careful what you say to white folks'.

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32. Jeff Sessions served in the Army Reserve in the 1970s, with the rank of captain.

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33. Jeff Sessions was active in the Young Republicans and was student body president.

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34. Jeff Sessions pushed out after a year of attacks from Trump.

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35. Jeff Sessions is pushed out from his job as US Attorney General and weed stocks soar.

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36. Jeff Sessions has a long history of hating the plant, and the hits kept coming during his short time as AG.

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37. Jeff Sessions will surely go down in history as one of the more memorable Cabinet members of the modern era, having been famously bashed by President Donald Trump in the glare of social media for most of his time as US attorney general.

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38. Jeff Sessions leaves mixed legacy as immigration hardliner, Trump punching bag.

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39. Jeff Sessions has resigned as attorney general, at the request of President Trump.

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40. Jeff Sessions leaves a dark mark on the Justice Department.

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41. Jeff Sessions is out as Attorney General and drug reform advocates are thrilled.

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42. Jeff Sessions says he is "confident" that Robert Mueller's probe of alleged Russian.

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43. Jeff Sessions weighs possible bid for old Senate seat in Alabama.

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44. Jeff Sessions was asked to resign by President Donald Trump the day after the midterm election held Tuesday, CNN reported.

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45. In the letter, Jeff Sessions said he was departing as head of the Justice Department at the president's request.

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46. Jeff Sessions is the first to leave the Trump administration after the midterm elections.

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47. Jeff Sessions forced out by Trump, setting up likely clash over the Russia investigation.

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48. Jeff Sessions bids farewell to DOJ, calls service 'beyond anything I ever thought possible'.

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49. Jeff Sessions praised employees of the US Department of Justice and touted some of the DOJ's achievements during his tenure.

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50. Jeff Sessions is a Sunday school teacher at the Ashland Place United Methodist Church in Mobile, where he and his wife are members.

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51. Jeff Sessions voted against Kagan in the full Senate vote, joining 36 other senators in opposition.

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52. Jeff Sessions focused the majority of his criticism on Kagan's treatment of the military while she was dean of Harvard Law School.

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53. Jeff Sessions served as the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee during the nomination process for Elena Kagan, President Obama's nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens.

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54. On July 28, 2009, Jeff Sessions joined five Republican colleagues in voting against Sotomayor's nomination in the Judiciary Committee.

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55. Jeff Sessions questioned the nominee about her views on the use of foreign law in deciding cases, as well as her role in the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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56. Jeff Sessions rejected criticisms of successful circuit court nominee Dennis Shedd's record, saying he "should have been commended for the rulings he has made".

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57. Jeff Sessions opposed President Barack Obama's health reform legislation; he voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and he voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

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58. Jeff Sessions was one of 34 Senators to vote against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which was vetoed by President Bush and would have provided funding for human embryonic stem cell research.

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59. Jeff Sessions is against legalizing marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use.

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60. Jeff Sessions voted in favor of advancing the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006, a US constitutional amendment which would have permanently restricted federal recognition of marriages to those between a man and a woman.

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61. In 2013, Jeff Sessions sent a letter to National Endowment for the Humanities enquiring why the foundation funded projects that he deemed frivolous.

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62. Jeff Sessions was one of 25 senators to vote against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, arguing that it "undermines our heritage of law and order, and is an affront to the principle of separation of powers".

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63. Jeff Sessions was one of 29 senators who voted for an amendment to the 2008 budget resolution, offered by Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, that would have placed a one-year moratorium on the practice of earmarking.

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64. In October 2015, Jeff Sessions opposed Chairman Chuck Grassley's Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, a bipartisan bill which sought to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent crimes.

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65. In November 2010, Jeff Sessions was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee when the committee voted unanimously in favor of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, and sent the bill to the full Senate for consideration.

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66. Jeff Sessions supported the reduction of the sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powdered cocaine, ultimately passed into law with the Fair Sentencing Act 2010.

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67. In June 2014, Jeff Sessions was one of three senators to vote against additional funding for the VA medical system.

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68. In the 109th Congress, Jeff Sessions introduced legislation to increase the death gratuity benefit for families of service members from $12,420 to $100,000.

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69. Jeff Sessions opposed the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the 2011 military intervention in Libya, and arming the Syrian rebels.

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70. Jeff Sessions said of the anti-war protesters: "The group who spoke here the other day did not represent the American ideals of freedom, liberty and spreading that around the world.

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71. In 2005, Jeff Sessions spoke at a rally in Washington, DC in favor of the War in Iraq organized in opposition to an anti-war protest held the day before.

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72. Jeff Sessions supported establishing safe zones as an alternative to immigration from war-torn countries.

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73. In 2013, Jeff Sessions said that an opt-out provision in immigration legislation before Congress would allow Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to avoid building a border fence.

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74. Jeff Sessions was an opponent of legal and illegal immigration during his time in Congress.

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75. In a May 2017 letter, Jeff Sessions personally asked congressional leaders to repeal the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment so that the Justice Department could prosecute providers of medical marijuana.

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76. On June 11, 2018, Jeff Sessions reversed a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals granting a battered woman asylum and announced that victims of domestic abuse or gang violence will no longer qualify for asylum in the United States.

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77. On March 20, 2018, Jeff Sessions signed a memo instructing federal prosecutors to seek capital punishment on major drug dealers.

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78. Jeff Sessions opposed White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner's support for the reforms until Kushner reportedly agreed to focus instead on improving prison conditions.

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79. Jeff Sessions has brought prominence to prosecutions of the MS-13 gang.

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80. On May 12, 2017, Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors to begin seeking the greatest criminal charges possible.

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81. Jeff Sessions told associates he did not intend to resign, but on November 7, 2018, he submitted a letter of resignation to Chief of Staff John Kelly at President Trump's request.

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82. In August 2018 he said that Jeff Sessions should "stop" the Mueller investigation.

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83. In May 2017, Jeff Sessions offered to resign after receiving criticism from Trump, but Trump did not accept the resignation.

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84. Jeff Sessions wanted to talk about implementing Trump's proposed travel ban, but instead Trump berated him for recusing himself and asked him to reverse his recusal.

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85. On March 2, 2017, Jeff Sessions announced that he would recuse himself from any investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, or any other matters related to the 2016 presidential election.

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86. On March 16, 2018, Jeff Sessions fired McCabe hours before the Deputy Director would have qualified for a government pension, citing McCabe's lack of candor to the Department's Inspector General.

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87. Jeff Sessions rejected reports he had met with Russian Ambassador Kislyak during Trump's April 2016 speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, testifying that he did not remember any "brief interaction" he may have had with the ambassador.

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88. Jeff Sessions replied that he was "not aware of any of those activities" and said "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn't have—did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it.

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89. On November 7, 2018 Jeff Sessions resigned at President Trump's behest.

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90. On February 8, 2017, Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General by a vote of 52 to 47.

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91. On February 28, 2016, Jeff Sessions officially endorsed Donald Trump for president.

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92. Jeff Sessions was an early supporter of the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, and was a major policy adviser to the Trump campaign, especially in regard to immigration and national security.

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93. Jeff Sessions was the ranking Republican member on the Senate Budget Committee, a former ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a senior member of the Armed Services Committee.

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94. Jeff Sessions was only the second freshman Republican senator from Alabama since Reconstruction and gave Alabama two Republican senators, a first since Reconstruction.

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95. In 2014, Jeff Sessions was uncontested in the Republican primary and was only opposed in the general election by write-in Democratic candidate Victor Sanchez Williams.

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96. Jeff Sessions received 63 percent of the vote to Figures's 37 percent.

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97. Jeff Sessions became only the second nominee to the federal judiciary in 48 years whose nomination was killed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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98. In her letter, she wrote that "Mr Jeff Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.

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99. Jeff Sessions denied this, saying that he recused himself from the case.

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100. Jeff Sessions was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama beginning in 1975.

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101. Jeff Sessions attended the University of Alabama School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1973.

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