Feb 09, 2017
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) immediately vowed to sue if Sessions, who will now head the Department of Justice, violates the U.S. Constitution.
\u201cBREAKING: Jeff Sessions confirmed as attorney general. \n\nIf he violates the Constitution, we'll sue.\u201d— ACLU (@ACLU) 1486599783
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), whose silenced testimony on the nominee led to a firestorm of resistance on Wednesday, also pledged to hold Sessions--and the Republicans who voted for him--accountable:
\u201cThere\u2019s no Rule 19 to silence me from talking about Jeff Sessions anymore. So let me say loudly & clearly: This is just the beginning.\u201d— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren) 1486603700
\u201cIf Jeff Sessions turns a blind eye while @realDonaldTrump violates the Constitution or breaks the law, he'll hear from all of us.\u201d— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren) 1486603754
\u201cIf Jeff Sessions makes even the tiniest attempt to bring his racism, sexism & bigotry into @TheJusticeDept, he'll hear from all of us.\u201d— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren) 1486603813
\u201cAnd you better believe every Senator who voted to put Jeff Sessions\u2019s radical hatred into @TheJusticeDept will hear from all of us, too.\u201d— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren) 1486603883
Following the vote, pro-democracy group Common Cause launched "Sessions Watch," a grassroots effort "to hold Sessions' feet to the civil liberties and voting rights fire." Citizens can sign up "to receive immediate notice of the latest threats posed by the new attorney general and updates and bulletins on actions you can take."
"The principle of equal justice under the law is now undermined by the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General," said Common Cause president Karen Hobart Flynn. "The actions of the Justice department under Sessions' leadership will require careful monitoring based on his extensive record dating back decades but continuing right up to the present moment through his role in helping drive the policy priorities of the [Donald] Trump White House. At Common Cause, we will be keeping a close eye on the Justice Department to hold it accountable to the American people it is intended to serve."
Similarly, the NAACP--whose president, along with several others, was arrested twice last month protesting Sessions--vowed to "call upon members of Congress and the committees over the Justice Department to ensure that the senator does what he is supposed to do to protect the vote and to end voter suppression and police brutality."
\u201cIt's better to have a disappointing moment & a determined movement--than no disappointment & no movement. #SessionsWatch #ShePersisted\u201d— Rev. & Prof. Cornell William Brooks (@Rev. & Prof. Cornell William Brooks) 1486602998
Follow the resistance under the hashtag #SessionsWatch:
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