Dems call for Sessions to recuse himself from his confirmation vote

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is calling on Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE (R-Ala.) to recuse himself from voting on his own confirmation for attorney general after a report about information omitted from a questionnaire he submitted.

“Jeff Sessions has fiercely argued in the past that omitting information isn't just wrong, that it may also be illegal,” DNC spokesman Adam Hodge said in a statement.

“So what does he do once he's nominated to be the Attorney General? He omits information from his dark past, particularly when he was deemed too racist to be a federal judge," Hodge added.

“Based on his own reasoning, and in keeping with Senate tradition, Sessions must recuse himself from voting on his own nomination.”


The statement was issued in response to a Huffington Post report about advocacy groups criticizing Sessions for leaving gaps in a questionnaire about his past that he submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member.

A group of liberal nonprofits, including the Alliance for Justice and People for the American Way, issued a report listing examples of public statements that Sessions did not include in his questionnaire.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley calls for federal prosecutor to probe botched FBI Nassar investigation Woman allegedly abused by Nassar after he was reported to FBI: 'I should not be here' Democrat rips Justice for not appearing at US gymnastics hearing MORE's (R-Iowa) office defended Sessions on Saturday, saying it was "preposterous" to say the Alabama lawmaker "hasn't made a good faith effort to supply the committee with responsive material."
"Don't forget, Attorney General Holder was supplementing his committee questionnaire with items more than a year after he was confirmed. It did nothing to slow down his confirmation," said Grassley's communications director Beth Levine.
"It's been clear from the day Sen. Sessions' nomination was announced that the left-wing advocacy groups aren't interested in a fair process and just want a fight. We trust the minority committee members will have the courage to give Sen. Sessions the fair and respectful process he deserves," she added.

The Huffington Post noted that that Sessions had been an outspoken critic of some of President Obama’s nominees for leaving out details in their own questionnaires.

“I want to share a concern that I do have about Judge Sotomayor’s answers to the Senate Judiciary standard questionnaire,” he said in June 2009 during a hearing on then-Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

“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.”

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinRepublicans caught in California's recall trap F-35 fighter jets may fall behind adversaries, House committee warns Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the judiciary panel, said earlier this month that Sessions’s submission appeared “incomplete,” though she called for more time to review his questionnaire.

“I am sure you would agree that staff must have sufficient time to do the due diligence on any nominee for this vital position—and this due diligence will likely take longer than the review for recent, prior nominees who had less materials to analyze,” Feinstein wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

“Second, despite being voluminous, Senator Sessions’ production appears to have been put together in haste and is, on its face, incomplete,” she added.

Updated: 9:03 p.m.