Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has been caught withholding records that go back decades throughout his career.
According to the groups doing the vetting process, Sessions responses were “astonishingly deficient.” The groups claim that details were purposely omitted over several decades.
Sessions lied by omission in an interview from October in which he excused Donald Trump’s sexist comments. Session insists that “everybody knows that Trump likes women” and that he “uses this kind of talk.” Another interview that was omitted was from December of 2015, in which Sessions reveals the fact that he’s a climate change denier.
According to The Huffington Post Sessions said: ‘I want to share a concern that I do have about Judge Sotomayor’s answers to the Senate Judiciary standard questionnaire. It is still incomplete. I know the administration was very proud to dump a lot of records out in what they call “record time,” but here, two weeks later, we still have some serious gaps in those answers to the committee questions.’
Moreover, in 2010 he spearheaded a letter to the Judiciary Committee’s chairman at the time, Patrick Leahy.
‘At best, this nominee’s extraordinary disregard for the Committee’s constitutional role demonstrates incompetence; at worst, it creates the impression that he knowingly attempted to hide his most controversial work from the Committee. Professor Liu’s unwillingness to take seriously his obligation to complete these basic forms is potentially disqualifying and has placed in his nomination in jeopardy.’
The kicker: ‘As a prosecutor, Title 18, Section 1001 makes it a criminal offense to make a false statement to the government. Two years in jail. A felony.’
Nan Aron of the Alliance of Justice believes, ‘Sen. Sessions’ nomination package is still nowhere near ready for prime time, and it’s hypocritical that he so frequently slammed past nominees for submitting incomplete documents only to do the same thing himself.
‘So why not just slow down, give everyone the time they need to find everything and review everything, and not rush this really critical nomination through without allowing for due diligence.’