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Senate Proceeding on Dec 2nd, 2010 :: 3:07:25 to 3:11:45
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Jeff Sessions

3:07:22 to 3:07:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: leave for this holiday recess. floor. the presiding officer: the senator from mr. sessions: madam president, the president and the attorney general need a deputy attorney general who can function, who

Jeff Sessions

3:07:25 to 3:11:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

3:07:43 to 3:08:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: has the confidence of the congress and the american people and will do an excellent, first-rate job. there's questions about this nominee. every nominee that's been nominated for the deputy attorney general or other positions in the department of justice by president bush was not just rubber stamped within a day or two.

Jeff Sessions

3:08:06 to 3:08:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: tim flannigan, i think a highly competent nominee, was opposed by democratic lawmakers aggressively after 9/11, and the president said, okay, and he withdrew him and sent somebody else up that was promptly confirmed. he didn't try to ram it down the throat.

Jeff Sessions

3:08:27 to 3:08:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: frankly, we've got a problem of confidence in the department of justice. the attorney general himself, perhaps following the lead of the president, but himself is indicating on a number of different occasions a lack of

Jeff Sessions

3:08:50 to 3:09:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: commitment to vigorous action to prosecute terrorists who have attacked the country, and he's taken other steps. i would have liked to have seen a deputy attorney general who was not in that mold, but who is more of a career prosecutor that would help bring some balance there and bring to the attorney

Jeff Sessions

3:09:11 to 3:09:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: general some input from a more traditional view of the role of the attorney general as someone who prosecutes criminals, protects the united states, defends law-abiding americans from terrorists and criminals and thugs who attack them. i was an attorney general.

Jeff Sessions

3:09:32 to 3:09:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that's the approach i took. i hired people who worked for me who were proven prosecutors. but, mr. co le, for example -- mr. co le, right after 9/11 indicated his pwhrefrs were not acts of war but criminal acts. he wrote this in an article --

Jeff Sessions

3:09:53 to 3:10:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: quote -- "for all the rhetoric about war, the september 11 attacks were criminal acts of terrorism against the civilian population." i don't agree with that. the american people don't agree with that. why would the president want to appoint somebody who thinks 9/11 was a criminal act and not an act of war?

Jeff Sessions

3:10:15 to 3:10:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i think it's a big deal. so that's one of the reasons we raise. is he going to bring balance to attorney general holder or are they going to move further left on the approach to these issues? also, he was given a highly paid position, i would note, as an independent monitor of a.i.g.

Jeff Sessions

3:10:38 to 3:10:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: this is the big insurance company whose credit default swaps and insurance stuff really triggered this entire collapse of the economic system. he was in the company at the time as some sort of government monitor, and he didn't blow the whistle on what was going on throughout this period of time.

Jeff Sessions

3:11:00 to 3:11:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it is argued that, well, that wasn't precisely what he was there to monitor. i'll just quote this. sue ricenger of of corporate counsel, she wrote about his handling of that matter -- quote -- "it is as though co le were pakistan kelg cracks in the compliance walls and never

Jeff Sessions

3:11:24 to 3:11:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: noticed a.i.g.'s financial foundation was crumbling under his feet." beatrice edwards of government accountability project criticized cole for failing to attack the atmosphere of laissez faire in the company.

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