For Immediate Release
Derrick Robinson, Lawyers’ Committee, press@LawyersCommittee.org, 202-662-8317
National Civil Rights Group Responds to Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions
WASHINGTON - The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement in response to the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions's legacy at the Justice Department will be one that reflects hostility to civil rights and inaction when it comes to protecting the rights of our nation's most vulnerable communities," said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. His inaction on voter suppression, his attacks on immigrants' rights and opposition to confronting systemic police misconduct were all deeply problematic. Nonetheless, we have grave concerns about this administration's continued attempts to politicize the work of the Justice Department and undermine its independence. It will be critical for Congress to review the facts surrounding Sessions's departure and to assess whether this is part of a coordinated strategy to influence the agency's work and interfere with ongoing investigations. The Justice Department must remain an independent and neutral force for ensuring equal justice and the rule of law in our country."
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