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ACLU Releases Analysis of Sessions’ Civil Liberties Record Ahead of Confirmation Hearings

WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union released a comprehensive analysis of Sen. Jeff Sessions’ record on civil liberties issues ahead of the January 10-11 confirmation hearing as President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general. The ACLU report examines Sessions’ handling of voting rights, police reform, immigration, mass incarceration, religious liberty, LGBT equality, privacy and surveillance, torture, abortion, and sexual assault issues.

“The American people deserve a full vetting of Sen. Jeff Sessions’ record if he is to become the nation’s top law enforcement official,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. “If the Senate does their job well, Congress and the American public will know if Sessions is the most qualified person to be the 84th attorney general of the United States of America. All Americans must have confidence that the highest law enforcement official in the country will protect them from discrimination and injustice. Trump and Sessions’ commitment to “law and order” must embrace justice.”

The ACLU does not take positions supporting or opposing executive branch or judicial nominations. It does, however, educate the American people and Congress about nominees’ records and past positions on important civil rights and civil liberties issues. The ACLU is a non-partisan organization. For 96 years, the ACLU has fought to defend the rights enshrined in our Constitution and has never opposed or supported an elected official. The organization has worked with and against both Democrats and Republicans in the Oval Office, in Congress, and across the country.

A summary of the Sessions report is here:
https://www.aclu.org/feature/confirmation-sessions

The full report can be found here:
https://www.aclu.org/report/report-confirmation-sessions

This statement is online here:
https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-releases-analysis-sessions-civil-liberties-record-ahead-confirmation-hearings

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