January 27, 2017
Thank you for contacting me regarding the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General of the United States. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.
The Attorney General of the United States is our nation’s top law enforcement official and must be committed to protecting the rights of all Americans. That means being committed to equal justice and a deep understanding of the law.
As a Senator and a member of the Judiciary Committee, I had the opportunity to question Senator Sessions during his confirmation hearing. That’s a role I take very seriously. During Senator Sessions’ hearing, I pressed him on his misrepresentation of his record on civil rights, as well as on the issue of voter suppression, and I shared a story about the impact of Trump’s divisive rhetoric on Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities. I was not satisfied with the answers he gave to me and a number of my colleagues’ questions, and after careful consideration of Senator Sessions’ record, I do not think he is up to the task of being an attorney general for all Americans. I cannot vote for an attorney general nominee who is not fully committed to equal justice for all, including the LGBT community, minorities, immigrants, and women. When his nomination comes up for a vote in the Senate, I will vote no.
Thank you again for contacting me, and please don’t hesitate to do so in the future on this or any matter of importance to you.
United States Senator