It was announced earlier in the week that president-elect Donald Trump chose controversial figure Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to serve in his administration as U.S. Attorney General.
Many who care about civil liberties and criminal justice reform, particularly as it affects the Drug War and civil asset forfeiture, have expressed concern over Sessions’ appointment. Republican National Committee chairman and incoming Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus addressed those concerns during a Sunday interview with ABC’s “This Week.”
Rather than speak about the issues of concern, however, Priebus elected to speak highly of Sessions’ character. Priebus told reporter Martha Raddatz, “He’s a good man. He will be confirmed, and he deserves it.”
Priebus touted Sessions’ political career:
You have to look at this man’s life. He’s an unbelievably honest, dignified man, who started his career working against George Wallace, who then spent 15 years in the Department of Justice, a US attorney for 12, [attorney general in Alabama] for two, filing desegregation lawsuits all over Alabama. He’s someone who voted for the Civil Rights Act. He voted for Eric Holder. He worked his heart out to give Rosa Parks a Congressional Medal.
Priebus went on to say that Sessions was “a man who has spent his entire life fighting for equality, fighting for freedom and opportunity.”