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Blumenthal Statement on the Reported Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Richard Blumenthal released the following statement today following reports that U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) will be nominated to serve as the Attorney General in the Administration of President-Elect Donald Trump. Blumenthal serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will consider the nomination.

“Although a respected colleague, Senator Sessions deserves and no doubt expects the same exacting, serious scrutiny that any other Attorney General nominee would receive. As the nation’s highest law enforcer, this position extends an unrivaled panoply of powers – over individual rights and liberties, national security, criminal justice, environment and many others. Seeking a public trust of profound importance, an appointee should have unquestionable integrity and ability, an unshakable respect for the Constitution, and a record of professional and ethical excellence. Senator Sessions will be held to this high standard. I am sure he anticipates no less.”