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ACLU Testimony From Sessions Confirmation Hearing

 ACLU National Legal Director David Cole to Testify Before Senate Panel Tomorrow


American Civil Liberties Union National Legal Director David Cole will testify tomorrow at Sen. Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing for attorney general. The full text of the testimony as prepared for delivery is below.

After his testimony Wednesday, Cole will be available for media interviews in the Capitol Building and then at the United Methodist Building (100 Maryland Ave NE). For security purposes, please RSVP to

The ACLU is nonpartisan, and as a matter of longstanding policy does not support or oppose nominees for federal office. As a result, the ACLU rarely testifies in confirmation hearings. However, the organization is taking the extraordinary step of testifying in this hearing because Sen. Sessions' record raises significant, serious questions about his hostility to civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU believes he must satisfactorily answer questions on these issues before a confirmation vote proceeds.

Cole's full annoted testimony is also available online here:

More information on Cole is available here:

The ACLU's analysis of Sen. Sessions' civil liberties record can be found here:

This statement is online here:

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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