Jeff Sessions’s Justice Department: From Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch to zero Black senior staff members

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Attorney Generals, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch

By Eugene Scott, washingtonpost.com

When President Trump nominated Jeff Sessions to be the attorney general, Democratic lawmakers argued that the then-senator from Alabama becoming the nation’s top prosecutor would be a step backward in advancing the relationship between the Justice Department and people of color.

“I think he’s a racist, I think he’s a throwback and I don’t mind saying it, any day of the week,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) told The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart in May.

Other lawmakers expressed concern about Sessions’s commitment to diversity during his nomination hearing, where Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) attempted to read excerpts of a letter written more than 30 years ago by Coretta Scott King, the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., to Congress to block Sessions’s appointment to a federal bench out of concern that it would “irreparably damage the work of my husband.”

Read more at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/11/16/jeff-sessionss-justice-department-from-eric-holder-and-loretta-lynch-to-zero-black-senior-staff-members/?utm_term=.2d08e9df80a6

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