No Attorney General is perfect. Conservatives pointed out that Eric Holder, President Obama’s attorney general, failed to comply with court orders requiring him to release information about the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” Operation.
Democrats complained that that President George W. Bush’s attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, improperly ousted a number of United States Attorneys based on purely partisan political grounds.
But Jeff Sessions is particularly problematic. While his policies are generally bad for public safety and bad for human beings who will suffer the brunt of failed-mandatory minimum and 1980s and 1990s-era drug war laws, he suffers from a lack of ethics.
Sessions’ Ethical Problems
We expect lawyers to be candid with a tribunal. We expect lawyers, when filling out official forms, to comply fully. We expect lawyers, even when they advocate on behalf of clients (governmental or private), to not use “alternative facts.”
Yet again, Sessions has been caught failing to disclose material information.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance, the Justice Department told CNN Wednesday.
Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year, didn’t note those interactions on the form, which requires him to list “any contact” he or his family had with a “foreign government” or its “representatives” over the past seven years, officials said.
At some point, Sessions will be called to account. Or not.
But he certainly is a sad example as an attorney general, a position that should require the highest ethical standards.