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Lawsuit filed to get information on Sessions

Lawsuit filed to get information on Sessions
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A lawsuit has been filed against eight federal agencies seeking records on President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE (R-Ala.).

Journalist Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro, a doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

They assert that the agencies have failed to comply with their request for documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 

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The agencies mentioned in the lawsuit are the Department of Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Security Agency. 

Leopold and Shapiro say the records they’ve requested will help shed light on Sessions’s history as a state and federal attorney general and as a lawmaker.

Opponents have accused Sessions of racism, citing testimony given in 1986 when he was rejected for a seat on a federal district court in the Southern District of Alabama.

During his confirmation hearings earlier this month, Sessions addressed the charges that he’s made racially insensitive remarks about African-Americans and the NAACP head on. He said he does not harbor the racial sentiments he has been accused of.

Senate Democrats delayed the expected vote on Sessions’s confirmation Tuesday, saying they need more time to review his record.

No Republicans have come out against Sessions’s nomination, and he is expected to win confirmation in the Senate. Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Toomey to introduce bill broadening background checks for firearms Scott Walker backs West Virginia attorney general in GOP Senate primary MORE (W.Va.) is the only Democrat publicly supporting the nomination so far.

Leopold and Shapiro have also sued the CIA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for records pertaining to Russia’s interference in the presidential election.