A lawsuit has been filed against eight federal agencies seeking records on President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSenate votes to confirm Rosenstein as deputy attorney general C-SPAN to air Trump travel ban arguments live Trump faults DNC in Russian email hacks 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).
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 ManchinJoe ManchinCongress nears deal on help for miners Senate votes to confirm Rosenstein as deputy attorney general Congress nears deal on help for miners 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.